“It is us who will promote his journey to sainthood in our way of life and we will see miracles happening in our lives if we trust in the process,” the 66-year-old Local Ordinary of Nairobi Archdiocese further said about the Kenyan-born Cardinal who died after suffering a cardiac arrest on 6 September 2003 at the age of 80. 

Cardinal Otunga’s cause for canonization started in 2009 when the then Archbishop of Nairobi, John Cardinal Njue, petitioned the Vatican-based Congregation for the Causes of Saints to approve the process.

The request was granted, allowing Cardinal Otunga to be referred to as “Servant of God”. 

In his November 20 message, Archbishop Anyolo who has been at the helm of Nairobi Archdiocese since November 2021 said, “There are a lot of good stories going around about cardinal Otunga, stories with heroic virtues.”

In his message during Holy Mass to mark 18 years since the Kenyan Servant of God died, the Vice Postulator for the course of the Cardinal’s beatification hailed him as “a great gift to the Church” in Kenya and the world.

“We are here to give thanks because of the gift of the servant of God,” Fr. Lawrence Njoroge said during the September 6 Eucharistic celebration that was held at the Resurrection Garden in Karen, Nairobi. 

Fr. Njoroge who was appointed Vice Postulator of the cause in December 2019 added, “Without a doubt, he was a great gift to the world; he was a great gift to the Church; he was a great gift to the Archdiocese of Nairobi and therefore we wanted to remember him.”

The Catholic Priest exuded confidence that the Cardinal’s journey to Sainthood was on the right course, and called for prayers for the process toward the stage of Venerable.

The Sainthood cause of the Servant of God Cardinal Otunga is in the Roman Phase, which involves the examination and verification of documents (evidence) submitted by the petitioner.