Otunga walk 3 By Francis Njuguna

Scores of Catholics, the Clergy, Religious and laity on Saturday, September 6 took part in a walk planned to mark the 10th anniversary of the passing on of the Servant of God Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga.

The walk was flagged off by Nairobi Auxiliary Bishop, Rt. Rev. David Kamau on behalf of His Eminence John Cardinal Njue.

The participants, young and old, braved the chilly morning weather led by the Starehe Boys School Band along the way, to complete the 12 kilometre walk.

Addressing the participants before flagging them off, Bishop Kamau thanked them for “showing solidarity with our beloved Cardinal Otunga.”

“Your participation is commendable and shows your solidarity with a man, who is currently being considered for Sainthood,” said Bishop Kamau.

Among the participants included the Vice Postulator of the Cause for the Beatification of Cardinal Otunga, Bro Reginald Cruz and a number of the Central Committee members from the Cardinal Otunga Beatification Office.

Later at mid-day, Bishop Kamau presided over the Cardinal Otunga memorial mass at the Holy Family Minor Basilica alongside six other priests.

In his homily, Bishop Kamau called on the Catholic faithful to consistently pray for the soul of Cardinal Otunga as well as support the beatification process with their personal resources.

“The two are very important in the ongoing beatification process of Cardinal Otunga,” said Bishop Kamau. “Let us all note that this is not just a Kenyan affair but one that belongs to the universal church.”

In his address, Brother Cruz said the process has already gone past the Diocesan Phase and entered the Roman Phase.

“A report on the Diocesan Phase was completed at the end of last year and subsequently dispatched to Rome in preparation for the second phase,” he told the assembled faithful.

Bro Cruz revealed that Rome had already perused the documents sent in and given the go ahead for the process of writing a biography on Cardinal Otunga to begin in readiness for the commencement of the second phase.

He called on the local Church to support the process in all aspects. “Rome expects the local Church where the candidate came from to show its support through prayers and financial resources,” said Bro Cruz.

 

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