5 February 2013

Kenya: Live Religious Life to the Fullest, Cardinal

Nairobi — John Cardinal Njue has urged the Catholic religious men and women to live their consecrated life to its fullest

"It is not a simple one, but we have got to prove that with God's guidance, everything is possible," he emphasized on February 02.

The cardinal said this while marking this year's (2013) World Day of Consecrated life which is set aside by the Catholic Church to offer prayers for both religious men and women, world-wide.

The Mass, concelebrated by Archbishop emeritus John Njenga of Mombasa Archdiocese and Auxiliary Bishop David Kamau of Nairobi Archdiocese, was held at Nairobi's Holy Family Minor Basilica.

It was attended by hundreds of Catholics, among them the clergy and religious women of various Orders and Congregations.

The Cardinal described religious life as a gift from God.

"God expects those of us in this life to live it to the fullest. One of the possible outcomes is that the lay people in the Church would emulate us," stressed the Cardinal.

Meanwhile the Cardinal launched the 2013 Pastoral Guidelines for the Archdiocese Nairobi during the occasion.

The Cardinal has observed in the preface of the booklet (pastoral guidelines) that, "These guidelines are for us all. Their aim is to present essential interior values for our faith and lifestyle that serves as a witness also for non-Christians since our mission is to evangelize."

He urged the clergy and religious men and women to assist the faithful understand and follow these pastoral guidelines.

"They are rich enough. They need to be understood and followed by all in the Catholic faith," emphasized the Cardinal.

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