Nairobi Archbishop Cardinal John Njue resigns at the age of seventy years. Pope Francis has accepted his resignation from the Pastoral governance of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Nairobi.
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While accepting the resignation, Pope Francis also appointed a person to take over. Nairobi Auxiliary Bishop David Kamau takes over as the Nairobi Archdiocese administrator. Bishop Kamau has served in the archdiocese as the Auxiliary Bishop of Nairobi ever since 22nd December 1999. Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya Archbishop Hubertus Van made the announcement through a letter. For instance, the letter was addressed to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).
CARDINAL JOHN NJUE BIOGRAPHY
The Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Nairobi was born in 1944 at Kiriari, Embu District, Kenya. His Eminence was then ordained as a priest by Pope Paul VI on January 6th, 1973. Apparently, he holds two doctorates from different institutions. He has a doctorate in Philosophy from the Pontifical Urbaniana University. In addition, he also has a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Lateran University.
In 1974 they appointed him as a philosophy professor and dean of students at St. Augustine Senior Seminary. He also served in the institution as the rector from 1978 up to 1982. The Seminary school is furthermore located in Mabanga, Bungoma County.
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In 1982 his appointment to Chuka Parish occurred. His appointment made him become the First African Parish Priest in Chuka Parish. In this period he also served as rector of St. Joseph’s Philosophicum Seminary in Nairobi until 1986. This same year on 9th June his appointment as the first Bishop of Embu occurred. 1986 appears to be his lucky year because on the 20th of September his ordination as a Bishop took place. On January 23rd, 2002, he became Coadjutor Archbishop of Nyeri. From 2005-2006 he was the Apostolic Administrator of the Vicariate of Isiolo. As a result of his continuous leadership, they also appointed him an Administrator. He served Murang’a diocese from 2006-2009 as the administrator.
On October 6th, 2007, he became Archbishop of Nairobi. He has served as chairman of various commissions. Some of them are the Episcopal commission for major seminaries in Kenya and the Kenya Episcopal Conference’s Justice and Peace Commission.
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Cardinal John Njue has also served as the President of the Kenya Episcopal Conference from 2006 to 2015. He also participated in the conclave of March 2013, which elected Pope Francis. He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of 24th November 2007.