His Eminence John Cardinal Njue has said the Church attaches great interest to pastoral mission among the children. He has therefore urged parents to play their role by imparting religious values in them.

Cardinal Njue was speaking when he presided over Mass to mark this year’s Pontifical Childhood Day  for the Archdiocese of Nairobi held at Saint Mary’s School Playground in Msongari, Nairobi on 1st March 2014.

He appealed to parents to ensure that their children were enrolled with the Pontifical Missionary Childhood (PMC).

“By enrolling with PMC, children will begin to be Christ-like and disciplined,” he said.

Amidst laughter from the over 30,000 children who thronged the grounds drawn from 12 deaneries in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Cardinal Njue said the future of the Church lay in how the children were formed today. “Who knows, future priests and sisters may come from here?” posed the Cardinal adding that “even my successor could be right here among you children.”

The function was also attended by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, the National Pontifical Missionary Societies Director of the United States of America, Rev. Fr. Andrew Small, National Pontifical Missionary Societies Directors drawn from 15 African countries, the PMS Director in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Rev. Fr. Moses Kago, scores of priests, religious men and women and parents.

During the colorful event, the PMC children, through their parents and under their motto of ‘Children helping Children’ donated a huge amount of foodstuff, clothes and shoes which for onward delivery to the suffering children of the war torn South Sudan.

Cardinal Njue thanked the children for their generous support saying that this gesture was of great significaance as it would change the lives of the beneficiaries in Soth Sudan.

“You must be proud of whatever little you give. It is important,” said the Cardinal. “Your donation may appear small, but it will make a difference to your counterparts in South Sudan. It is not how much you give, but the heart to do that matters most.”

In his remarks, Archbishop Balvo thanked the children for the kind donation and assured them that his office was going to ensure that the items reached the intended children of South Sudan.

“Through your donations, you have both shown concern and love for them,” he emphasized.

The PMS Office in Kenya was represented at the function by the National Director Rev. Fr. Celestino Bundi and the National PMC Coordinator, Rev. Sr. Esther Kimani.

The theme of the 2014 PMC Day was: Mary Our Model of Faith, Hope and Charity.


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