His Eminence John Cardinal Njue

His Eminence John Cardinal Njue

His Eminence John Cardinal Njue chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and also Archbishop of Nairobi, has urged the local Church to move from being too dependent on foreign donations or missionaries but re-invigorate the pastoral vision of AMECEA to build a Church that is self-reliant, self-ministering and self-propagating.

Addressing members of the press at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe upon his arrival in Malawi on 14th July 2014 to attend the 18th AMECEA Plenary Assembly, Cardinal Njue said every time they meet as AMECEA Bishops, they are reminded that AMECEA is the mother of the spirit of building the local Church that is truly rooted in the life and aspirations of the People of God.

“We are reminded that yesterday is gone and today is today. Yesterday we used to stretch our hands to be supported by our founders and benefactors, the Missionaries, today we have to learn to stand on our own,” the cardinal said.

 

Cardinal Njue who is one of the AMECA Patrons revealed that there was a letter written by AMECEA reminding and encouraging the local Church to move towards being a local Church that is self-reliant and ministered by her own people, laity, religious and priests.

“As indigenous Christians we are being reminded that we are the Church and we must take the responsibility of the mission of the Church to make sure that the seed that was planted by our dear Missionaries is properly watered and nurtured so that it can bear fruits,” said Cardinal Njue.

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From Left: Archbishop Tarcisio Ziyaye, Archbishop of Lilongwe,
H.E. John Cardinal Njue, Chairman, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of Nairobi,
Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo, Archdiocese of Tororo
and Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Lugonzo, AMECEA Secretary General addressing the Press upon arrival in Lilongwe, Malawi for the 18th AMECEA Plenary Assembly

 

Cardinal Njue said he always feels encouraged whenever they meet as AMECEA Bishops as it is an opportunity for them to think together on how to carry on the mission that has been entrusted to them. “The Bishops of AMECEA have an enormous task of trying to make sure that they also leave a better legacy to the future generation,” he said.

 

In his concluding remarks, Cardinal Njue lauded the people of Malawi for their grand reception. “I am impressed with the warm welcome that we have been accorded by the people of Malawi and with the presence of the Vice President of Malawi, Saulos Chilima, here at the Airport,” said Cardinal Njue. “This has given us great impetus to fully participate at the Plenary Assembly to its successful conclusion.”

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