Nairobi — John Cardinal Njue of Nairobi Archdiocese on Sunday, January 20 marked 40 years of priesthood at a colorful Mass, held at Nairobi's Holy Family Minor Basilica.
For the special occasion, Cardinal Njue had invited 12 of his former classmates in Rome to join him in this historic pastoral moment.
The invited clergymen, who for eight years, 40 years ago studied theology together in Rome included the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, His Excellency Augustine Kasujja, Rt Rev Lin Bosco of Taiwan, Rt Rev Emmanuel Fernando, Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nigerian Msgr Peter Inyang-Etoh, South Sudanese Msgr Aquilino Wani of Juba Archdiocese and Msgr Gabriel Baregensabe of Bujumbura, Burundi.
Others included: Rev Fr Thomas Yang of Tainan, Taiwan, Rev Fr Francis Thinh of Vietnam, Rev Fr Joseph Diem, Vietnam, Rev Fr Rafael Tossou of Lome, Togo and Rev Fr Anton Mathias of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
In his homily, Cardinal Njue thanked God for his 40 years of priestly life.
"The 40 years is not a short time. I thank God for this. I also thank God for my colleagues, whom I shared my priestly formation days with them. Some are no longer with us, but I thank God that some of us are still around, performing His will among His people," said the Cardinal.
Also present were two Kenyan bishops: Auxiliary Bishops David Kamau of Nairobi Archdiocese and Rt Rev Joseph Mairura Okemwa of Kisii Diocese, whom Cardinal Njue studied together in Rome.
On the local scene, Cardinal Njue repeated his earlier plea to the Kenyan people that the country's forthcoming general elections be peaceful.
"We must do all what it takes to ensure that the general elections, scheduled for March 4, this year are held peacefully," emphasized Cardinal Njue.
"It the duty of each one of us to ensure that peace and love prevails during and after our elections," advised the Cardinal.
He urged the politicians to ensure that they use public fora to preach peace and love during their current political campaigns.