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Kenya: Parish caretaker killed in robbery
Kenya: Parish caretaker killed in robbery

The guardian of Nyalenda parish, a slum in the city of Kisumu, in the center-west of Kenya, on Lake Victoria, was killed in a robbery in the night between 18 and 19 March. George Omondi, 47, father of five, was shot several times in the head and neck by bandits who were trying to enter Fr George Kraakman's house, a Dutch Mill Hill missionary. Fr George woke up due to the noise, and f

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Turkana: Missionaries on the periphery
Turkana: Missionaries on the periphery

Missionaries from one of the most remote and inaccessible places on earth have been visiting London this week, accompanied by Bishop Dominic Kimengich of the Diocese of Lodwar, in northwest Kenya. There are few roads in Nyangatom, southwest Ethiopia where Fr David Eschrich, Fr Angel Valderia from the St Paul's Missionary Community are setting up a new mission. This rugged, semi-desert region on the border of Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia, has been the scene of violent ethnic tensions for years as rival tribes who live from their herds of cattle,

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Viewpoint: Kenya's shame. The refugees they don't want
Viewpoint: Kenya's shame. The refugees they don't want

Imagine what it must be like to be born in a country that is not your own. To have ended up in a foreign land because of the actions of others and not by your own choice. Imagine that you have lived all your life in a camp known as a "refugee camp" because your own home country, Somalia, has been embroiled in a civil war since 1992. Imagine you are a 24 year old woman, born in this camp, who has fallen in love with your husband and given birth to your first child in the camp.

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Bristol: St Bede's College hosts Kenyan charity rugby tour
Bristol: St Bede's College hosts Kenyan charity rugby tour

St Bede's Catholic College in Bristol, is hosting a group of Kenyan boys on a rugby tour with a difference. The party of 12 and 13 year olds is staying with parents of pupils at St Bede's Catholic College for eight days of their visit, which has been organised by the Shamas Rugby Foundation. The charity uses the values of rugby to teach life skills to boys and girls living in the slums of Kenya's capital and largest city, Nairobi.

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Kenya: Muslim who shielded Christian passengers dies of his injuries
Kenya: Muslim who shielded Christian passengers dies of his injuries

A young Muslim teacher who shielded Christian fellow passengers with his own body when their bus was attacked by Islamist militants in Kenya in December, has died of his injuries. Teacher Salah Farah, aged 26, died in hospital in Nairobi during surgery to remove a bullet. He leaves his pregnant wife, four children and his elderly father. Mr Farah was on a bus travelling through Mandera when it was attacked by al-Shabab on 21 December. The attackers told the Muslims to move away from the Christian passengers, but Farah, together with several other Muslim passengers

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Kenyan Bishops 'shocked and surprised' by proposed government regulation of worship
Kenyan Bishops 'shocked and surprised' by proposed government regulation of worship

Kenyan Bishops say they are "shocked and surprised" at the news that the government has formulated new rules which, if implemented, will have a "direct and negative impact on our evangelization mission." "The Constitution of Kenya establishes a clear distinction between State and religion, and, the bishops say, is "explicitly clear on the freedom of worship" but they say the proposed new rules would mean government interference in the way churches are run.

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Kenya: Muslims protect Christians in bus attack
Kenya: Muslims protect Christians in bus attack

A group of Kenyan Muslims, travelling on a bus highjacked by Islamist gunmen on Monday, protected Christian passengers by refusing to be separated from them, the Daily Nation reports. At least two people were injured and one person was killed in the attack which took place near Mandera in northwest Kenya, near the Somali border. The gunmen fled the scene when they heard the sound of an oncoming lorry.

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Pope in Kenya: Visit to Kangemi slum
Pope in Kenya: Visit to Kangemi slum

For his last official appointment before flying to Uganda, Pope Francis went to the Church of St Joseph the Worker, in one of the poorest quarters of the city of Kangemi. "I feel very much at home sharing these moments with brothers and sisters who, and I am not ashamed to say this, have a special place in my life and my decisions", said the Pope. "I am here because I want you to know that your joys and hopes, your troubles and your sorrows, are not indifferent to me.

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Kenya: Pope talks with young people about tribalism, corruption
Kenya: Pope talks with young people about tribalism, corruption

Why do divisions, wars and deaths occur? Fanatism, and divisions among young people? Why is there that desire to destroy? In the first page of the Bible, after all those wonderful things that the Lord had done, a brother kills another brother. The spirit of evil takes us to destruction and the spirit of evil takes us to a lack of unity, it takes us to tribalism, corruption and drugs. It takes us to a destruction out of fanaticism.

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Pope in Kenya: Stand strong in faith!
Pope in Kenya: Stand strong in faith!

A huge exuberant crowd of around a million people gathered on the campus of the University of Nairobi for Mass with Pope Francis on Thursday morning. Some had waited since 3 in the morning. A large choir sang and danced throughout the service. Pope Francis said: "The Lord tells us that in the desert He will pour forth water on the thirsty land; He will cause the children of His people to flourish like grass and luxuriant willows. We know that this prophecy was fulfilled

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Pope Francis arrives in Nairobi
Pope Francis arrives in Nairobi

Pope Francis has arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, at 4.30pm local time. He was welcomed by the nation's President, Uhuru Kenyatta, by local religious leaders and by huge crowds of singing, dancing well-wishers. After signing a visitor's book, the Pope met privately with the President at the airport for a few minutes before being taken by car to the State House for an official welcome ceremony. The Holy Father was busy on the flight. As his plane passed over

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Pope in Kenya: Address to leaders
Pope in Kenya: Address to leaders

..."Kenya has been blessed not only with immense beauty, in its mountains, rivers and lakes, its forests, savannahs and semi-deserts, but also by an abundance of natural resources. The Kenyan people have a strong appreciation of these God-given treasures and are known for a culture of conservation which does you honour. The grave environmental crisis facing our world demands an ever greater sensitivity to the relationship between human beings and nature..."

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Pope Francis sends video message to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic
Pope Francis sends video message to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic

Pope Francis has sent video messages to the people of Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, ahead of his visit which begins on Wednesday.... I am coming as a minister of the Gospel, to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ and his message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace. My visit is meant to confirm the Catholic community in its worship of God and its witness to the Gospel, which teaches the dignity of every

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Pope to visit  Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic
Pope to visit Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic

Pope Francis will begin his first apostolic journey to Africa on the morning of Wednesday 25 November. At the heart of his six-day journey, taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic is his desire to bring a message of peace, reconciliation, dialogue and the impetus to overcome internal divisions. Speaking on Thursday morning at a press conference in the Vatican, Fr Federico Lombardi said for Jorge Mario Bergoglio it will be a first

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Pope to visit Kenya
Pope to visit Kenya

Pope Francis is to visit Kenya this November. In an official announcement the Bishops of Kenya said: "On behalf of the Bishops, I am happy to announce that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and will visit Kenya in November". In the letter, signed by Mgr Philip Anyolo, Bishop of Homa Bay and President of the Episcopal Conference of Kenya, sent to Agenzia Fides, Pope Francis' visit is described as a State visit. The Bishops will cooperate with state authorities to ensure that the visit is conducted in the best possible way.

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Somalia: Jihadists gain ground on border with Kenya
Somalia: Jihadists gain ground on border with Kenya

Early yesterday morning, 14 people were killed and 11 wounded in an attack in Somalia attributed to Shabaab Somalis."The goal of Shabaab is to 'liberate' the north-east of Somalia, inhabited by Kenyans of Somali origin, from the non-Muslims and non-Somalis", Mgr Joseph Alessandro, Coadjutor Bishop of Garissa, in north-eastern Kenya, bordering Somalia. "Just like the attacks that took place before, workers coming from other areas of Kenya, therefore non-Somalis and non-Muslims are being targeted.

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Kenya celebrates beatification  of  Sr Irene 'Nyaatha' Stefani
Kenya celebrates beatification of Sr Irene 'Nyaatha' Stefani

Uo to 100,000 people gathered at Dedan Kimathi University in Nyeri central Kenya on Saturday for the beatification ceremony of Sister Irene 'Nyaatha' Stefani, an Italian nun who worked for many years in this East African nation. Millions more watched the event live on television. The ceremony was conducted by Archbishop Polycarp Pengo of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Archbishop John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, were among many dignitaries who attended the event, as well as Stefani's relatives from Italy.

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Southwark: CAFOD partner to talk about impact of climate change in Kenya
Southwark: CAFOD partner to talk about impact of climate change in Kenya

CAFOD is inviting the people of the South East to hear first-hand about the impact that the changing climate is having on a community it works with in Kenya. They will also find out what they can do in the South East to lessen the effects both here and overseas. Antony Mbandi, who works for a CAFOD partner organisation in Kenya, is visiting London on Thursday 10 July as CAFOD prepares to launch a new campaign on climate change in September.

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Bike ride  to raise fund for projects in Kenya
Bike ride to raise fund for projects in Kenya

On 29 June, Stuart Garner will be taking part in a sponsored bike ride to help raise funds for New Ways - a chariuty raising funds for the work of the St Paul's Missionary Community in Turkana, northwest Kenya. The ride is a road race over 80 miles starting from Guildford and following a circuit over the Surrey hills in total climbing 1,000m - its going to be quite a challenge. New Ways supports projects that provide nutrition for school age children, builds wells, windpumps and dams to help supply fresh water, agricultural projects

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Kenya: Music helps bring harmony to rival tribes
Kenya: Music helps bring harmony to rival tribes
When a group of children from rival tribes, who attend the same remote school in northern Kenya, near the border with Ethiopia, saw a video of Every Breath you Take, by the Police, they decided to do their own version. After a good practice, led by their own budding Gareth Malone - they made this film...  Todonyang School was set up by Fr Steven Ochieng, with support from New Ways, to help reduce cross border clashes between people on the Kenyan and Ethiopian sides of the border. The school is the first to accept students from both communities.
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Emergency appeal from mission in Kenya
Emergency appeal from mission in Kenya
Fr Steven Ochieng, a priest working with the St Paul's Missionary Community on the Kenya-Ethiopia border has sent an urgent appeal for funds through the charity New Ways, to save the lives of a group of Dassanech families who have been severely affected by drought. About 40 of their animals have been dying of starvation each day for the past two weeks. The prolonged drought, combined with the flooding of the Omo River, has prevented these nomads from accessing their normal grazing fields in the delta therefore worsening the situation.
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JRS intern reports from Higher Education project for refugees in Kenya
JRS intern reports from Higher Education project for refugees in Kenya
Allison Laclede, an intern with Jesuit Refugee Service, working with refugees in Kakuma, Kenya writes: If you had asked me a month ago, what I was walking into when I interned with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), specifically with their Jesuit Commons Higher Education at the Margins (JC-HEM) programme here at Kakuma, I honestly could not tell you what I expected. Maybe small classes, some online programmes and a couple of dedicated students.
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 Students return from life-changing trip to Kenya with CAFOD
Students return from life-changing trip to Kenya with CAFOD
Pupils from two Catholic schools have returned from a life-changing trip with CAFOD to Kenya, where they saw how sport is offering many young Kenyans a lifeline out of violence and poverty. Jessica Park, Harry Hick, and Londwa Dlamini, from Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville, Hampshire and Dan Burke and Sam Griffiths from St Columba’s College in St Albans, Hertfordshire, have all been involved in their school’s fundraising for CAFOD, which supports programmes in urban and rural communities in Kenya.
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Kenya: appeal for project building peace through education
Fr Steven Ochieng, a priest from Kenya was in London recently to describe a radical new project that his mission has begun, in order to bring together the children from warring tribes, in a boarding school, where they will live, learn and play together together. The St Paul's Missionary Community has been developing water, health, agricultural, fishing and other community projects in northwest Kenya for several years, among the nomadic people of the Turkana desert.
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Kenya: urgent appeal for project building peace through education
Kenya: urgent appeal for project building peace through education
Fr Steven Ochieng, a priest from Kenya was in London recently to describe a radical new project that his mission has begun, in order to bring together the children from warring tribes, in a boarding school, where they will live, learn and play together together. The St Paul's Missionary Community has been developing water, health, agricultural, fishing and other community projects in northwest Kenya for several years, among the nomadic people of the Turkana desert. But just before Easter in 2011, there was a sudden outbreak of inter-tribal violence.
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Kenya: CAFOD appeals for peace ahead of elections
Kenya: CAFOD appeals for peace ahead of elections
As Kenya gears up for its general elections on 4 March, CAFOD is calling for a peaceful and fair outcome, and for all those involved to demonstrate strong leadership and to do everything in their power to make these elections credible and successful. Reports of hate speech being spread in certain areas in the country is a cause for grave concern, coming on the back of the recent upsurge in violence in parts of Northern Kenya, the Tana River Delta and the Coastal region which have been linked to the forthcoming elections.
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Kenya: 'Choose honest leaders, regardless of religion' urges church leader
Kenya: 'Choose honest leaders, regardless of religion' urges church leader
"What comes first, the integrity of leaders or their religious affiliation? Do you wish to be governed by a dishonest leader belonging to your religious affiliation or an honest leader, regardless of his religious identity," asks Fr Wilybard Lagho, Vicar of Mombasa and President of the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics, in a reflection on the upcoming presidential elections which will be held in Kenya next year. "The elections will be an opportunity for voters to choose honest leaders, irrespective of their wealth, ethnic or religious affiliation.
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London: Union of Catholic Mothers packs bags for Turkana
London: Union of Catholic Mothers packs bags for Turkana
Members of the Union of Catholic Mothers in Marylebone, central London, with some of their children, spent the day bag-packing in Sainsbury’s, Pimlico, to collect money for projects working with some of the world's poorest people in the Turkana desert region of north west Kenya. ‘NewWays’ is a UK registered charity founded in 1994 by Fr Albert Salvans, a Catholic priest working in London, with the aim of supporting development work in Africa, particularly basic nutrition, healthcare, agriculture, water infrastructure and education.
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Kenya: Christians & Muslims hold joint peace prayer service
Kenya: Christians & Muslims hold joint peace prayer service
Hundreds of Kenyan Muslims and Christians held a special joint prayer meeting in Mombasa on Monday, to preach peace and condemn terror attacks targeting churches in the country. The meeting brought together Sheiks, Imams and pastors from different churches together with their congregations. Speakers said the attackers serve their own interests and not those of any religion. A series of attacks have hit Kenya's coastal and North East regions
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Kenya: Church supports communities severely affected by climate change
Kenya: Church supports communities severely affected by climate change
The challenges of climate change have profoundly affected the Church’s outreach in a region of Africa increasingly afflicted by drought and famine. In the Turkana district of north-west Kenya, where more than two-thirds of the population are nomads dependant on grazing animals, changing rain patterns over the last decade have led to very serious droughts – and triggered a major famine in 2011.
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Emergency appeal as drought hits Turkana
Emergency appeal as drought hits Turkana
You will have seen television reports, articles in the newspapers and appeals from emergency relief bodies, all concerning the drought affecting the whole of the horn of Africa. The area with which the charity New Ways is most concerned, Turkana, in north western Kenya is in the middle of this natural disaster and its consequences.
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Somalia famine: 2,500 people arriving at camps each day
Somalia famine: 2,500 people arriving at camps each day
Famine is now devastating the entire Horn of Africa - Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Kenya. One of the most badly countries is Somalia, where war is also raging. The two major camps for displaced Somalis are Dadaab, in Kenya, and Dollo Ado, in Ethiopia. Suzanna Tkalec, of Catholic Relief Services (CRS),
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Evening at Bankside Gallery for New Ways
Evening at Bankside Gallery for New Ways
Bishop Dominic Kimengich, recently-appointed  Bishop in the Diocese of Lodwar in north eastern Kenya, was special guest at a charity wine tasting in the Bankside Gallery near Tate Modern for New Ways on Friday. New Ways raises funds for water, health, education, agricultural and peacebuilding projects run by the St Paul's Missionary Community in Lodwar.
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London: Japanese violinist Megumi Nagai,  Luis Parés in charity concert
London: Japanese violinist Megumi Nagai, Luis Parés in charity concert
The virtuoso Japanese violinist Megumi Nagae and pianist Luis Parés,  will be playing  music by Schubert, Poulenc, Ysaÿe, Chausson and Sarasate in a special concert Charity Concert in Holy Apostles Parish Hall, Cumberland Street, Pimlico, at 7.30pm on Friday 18 March in aid of a  parish in Turkana, Kenya. There will also be a short talk by Fr Steven  Admission is free. There will be a retiring collection.
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Kenya: missionaries issue clemency plea for men who killed priest
Kenya: missionaries issue clemency plea for men who killed priest
The Consolata Missionaries have issued a statement protesting over the death sentence verdicts delivered by Lady Justice Jessie Lessite in the High Court of Nairobi, Kenya to two men found guilty of murdering  Fr Giuseppe Bertaina IMC, aged 81,  on 19 January 2009. While the Consolatas said they appreciated the speed in which the case had been solved, if Fr Giuseppe's killers were executed, it be be "an offence to his memory".
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Kenya: 30,000 displaced by floods
Kenya: 30,000 displaced by floods
At least 30,000 Kenyans are in urgent need of shelter, water, food and healthcare after heavy rainfall caused massive flooding, forcing thousands to leave their homes. Roads and bridges have been either destroyed or severely damaged, cutting off villagers and leaving them without food or safe water,
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Kenya: death toll rises as drought worsens
Kenya: death toll rises as drought worsens
The drought and famine affecting millions of people in Kenya continues to worsen and is taking lives of people and livestock.
The crisis has also led to inter-ethnic violence over scarce water and pasture among some pastoral communities.
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Kenya: Archbishop urges government to protect food supplies
Archbishop Boniface Lele, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa in Kenya has urged the government to act to stop food prices
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Kenya: concerns voiced after report on 'death squadrons'
Nearly 500 people have been killed in Kenya by 'death squadrons' linked to local secret service agencies, according to a new report from This is what the National Commission on Human Rights in Kenya
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Feature: The 'White Sisters' - 100 years of service
Having spent 16 years in Mombasa, I feel privileged to reflect on our Centenary and our place in the history of the Church in Kenya.
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London pensioner runs classes for self-suffiency in Africa

ICN Archive - 6 May 2000. It's a long way from her flat in leafy Regents Park in Central London to the desert borders of north western Kenya - but that's where pensioner Peggy Campbell is setting out for shortly. The journey is one she's become very familiar with.

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