Still a Long Way to Go, Say Kenya's Bishops

NAIROBI, Kenya, JULY 21, 2004 ( Kenya’s Catholic bishops have issued a pastoral letter highlighting the need for a «new evangelization» in this East African nation.

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The newly published «Evangelization in Kenya» was issued as a follow-up to last April’s bishops’ conference in the capital, according to the Catholic Information Service for Africa. The country’s 33 million people include 7 million Catholics.

The letter comes at a time when, after decades of pessimism and misrule, «the people of Kenya have begun to feel that there is hope,» the conference said in a statement. «On the other hand, there is still a long way to go.»

This hope, they said, is threatened by poor health care, unemployment, insecurity, consumerism, aggression and rampant violence.

«The hope to which we have referred is under threat — due also to the greed and egotism of the very people to whom we look for guidance and example,» the bishops’ conference said. «The continuous bickering by would-be or has-been leaders, for example, does nothing to increase trust or confidence.»

The bishops added: «That is why we wish to call the attention of all the Catholic faithful and people of good will in Kenya to halt this trend before it gets out of hand.»

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