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Pope accepts Cardinal John Njue’s Resignation

City-based Cardinal John Njue has today resigned as the serving archbishop of Nairobi diocese, after serving in the position for 14 years.

Pope, Franci’s press, Holy See Press Service made the announcement that Njue’sresignationd had been accepted following his attainment of the 75 years mandatory retirement age.

In response to his resignation, Nairobi Auxiliary Bishop Rt. Reverend David Kamau was appointed as the apostolic administrator for the Nairobi diocese.

Before his appointment to the current position, former Bishop Kamau had been serving in the diocese since 1999.

Cardinal Njue was born in the year 1944 in Kariari Embu District in the current Embu County and was ordained as a priest by Pope Paul VI on January 6, 1973.

He holds a doctor of philosophy from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome Italy.

He was later appointed as a philosophy professor and dean of students at the St. Augustine Senior Seminary, Mabanga in Bungoma.

He was appointed to Chuka Parish as the first African priest in 1982, he then served as rector of St.Joseph’s philosophical seminary in Nairobi, Njue was then appointed as the first Bishop of Embu on the June 9th, 1986.

His ordination as the bishop was on 20 September of the year 1986, and then coadjutor Archbishop of Nyeri on 23 January 2002.

 From 2005-2006, he was Apostolic Administrator of the Vicariate of Isiolo. He was also Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Murang’a between the years (2006-2009).

He ascended to the position of archbishop of Nairobi on October 6, 2007.

Cardinal Njue also served as the chair of various commissions, most notably as the Episcopal commission for major seminaries in Kenya and the Kenya Episcopal Conference’s Justice and Peace Commission.

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    Written by Fred Orido

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