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John Njue



John Njue
Cardinal, Archbishop of Nairobi
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See Nairobi
Appointed 6 October 2007
Installed 1 November 2007
Predecessor Raphael Ndingi Mwana'a Nzeki
Other posts Cardinal Priest of Preziosissimo Sangue di Nostro Signore Gesů Cristo
Orders
Ordination 6 January 1973

by Pope Paul VI
Consecration 20 September 1986

by Jozef Tomko
Created cardinal 24 November 2007

by Pope Benedict XVI
Rank Cardinal priest
Personal details
Birth name John Njue
Born 1944 (age 75–76)

Embu, Kenya
Nationality Kenyan
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Motto In veritate testimonium, in caritate servitium

('Testimony in truth, service in charity')
Coat of arms John Njue's coat of arms

John Njue (born 1944) is a Kenyan Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He has been the fourth Archbishop of Nairobi since 2007, having previously served as Coadjutor Archbishop of Nyeri (2002–2007) and Bishop of Embu (1986–2002). He was elevated to the rank of cardinal in 2007.

Biography [ edit ]

Njue was born in Embu, Kenya, in 1944[a] to Joseph Nyanga Kibariki and Monica Ngina Nyaga. He was baptized in 1948, and entered the minor seminary in Nkubu in 1962. From 1967 to 1974, he furthered his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Urbaniana University (where he obtained a licentiate in philosophy) and Pontifical Lateran University (licentiate in pastoral theology).

On 6 January 1973, Njue was ordained to the priesthood by Pope Paul VI in St. Peter's Basilica. Returning to Kenya in October 1974, he did pastoral work in Kariakomu in the southern district of Meru. He also taught philosophy at the National Seminary of Bungoma, of which he later served as rector from 1978 to 1982. In 1982, he completed a course in spirituality in the United States. He then served as a parish priest in Chuka and rector of the Philosophical Seminary of Meru.

On 9 June 1986, Njue was appointed Bishop of Embu by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 20 September from Jozef Cardinal Tomko, the co-consecrators being Bishops Silas Silvius Njiru and Raphael Ndingi Mwana'a Nzeki. He served as President of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference from 1997 to 2003, and was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Nyeri on 23 January 2002. Following the murder of Bishop Luigi Locati, he served as Apostolic Administrator of Isolo from 2005–06.

Njue was appointed Archbishop of Nairobi on 6 October 2007, and was installed on the following 1 November. Shortly afterwards, he was created Cardinal-Priest of Preziosissimo Sangue di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo by Pope Benedict XVI in the consistory of 24 November 2007.[2] On 12 June 2008 he was named a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Congregation for the Clergy.[3] On 29 December 2011 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications for a five-year renewable term.[4] Cardinal Njue serves as Vice President of the International Catholic Migration Commission.

On 28 March 2013, he appealed for calm and peace during the upcoming Easter season as the Supreme Court of Kenya prepared to announce its verdict in the disputed initial round of the presidential election held on 4 March between Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Kenyatta and Deputy President-elect William Ruto we're facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague that they instigated post-electoral violence in Kenya after the 2007 election.[5]

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.[6]

On 30 November 2013, Cardinal Njue was named a Member of the Congregation for Catholic Education by Pope Francis.[7]

In June 2013, after US President Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan, said during an official visit in Senegal that African governments should follow the US example in taking action on gay rights,[8] Njue replied "Let him forget, forget and forget". He said that the United States has "ruined their own societies" and that he does not "think God was making a mistake when he created Adam and Eve".[9] A few weeks later, the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, alongside Bishop Paul Kariuki of Embu, told a Catholic assembly that "The homosexuals should be defended against violation of their dignity and human rights, they are human beings like anyone of us".[10]

In March 2014, Njue advised against participation in a free government program to vaccinate women of reproductive age against tetanus. He said that targeting women was "fishy". Other critics suggested the program was a disguised form of birth control. Government health officials said they were accustomed to such rumors from the government's critics.[11] He led the Kenyan bishops in a campaign against the WHO-sponsored vaccination program, asserting that the vaccine was designed to lower fertility.[12]

In June 2017, at a celebration of Family Day, Njue criticized men who put roadblocks in the way of marriages by making exorbitant demands for payment from the groom's family (bride price).[13]

Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ His exact birthdate is apparently unknown. Vatican sources say 1944.[1]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Njue Card. John". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Titular Churches of the new Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church". Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations. 24 November 2007. Archived from the original on 28 July 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Papal Appointments Give Prelates Multiple Tasks". Zenit. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 29.12.2011" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  5. ^ Cheruiyot, Walter (29 March 2013). "Cardinal urges Kenyans to accept court verdict on election". Catholic News Service. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  6. ^ "List of Cardinal Electors". Zenit. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 30.11.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Obama pushes gay rights in Africa on Senegal trip". France24. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  9. ^ Olick, Felix (29 June 2013). "Adam and Eve was no mistake, Cardinal Njue tells US President Obama". Standard Digital. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Pope's envoy champions gays and lebians rights". The Star. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  11. ^ Gander, Kashmira (25 March 2014). "Kenyan Cardinal John Njue tells congregation that tetanus vaccination programme for pregnant women 'is a bit fishy'". The Independent. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  12. ^ Ohlheiser, Abby (14 November 2014). "The tense standoff between Catholic bishops and the Kenyan government over tetanus vaccines". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Cardinal Njue Slams Fathers for Asking 'Unreasonable Dowry' for Daughters". Nairobi News. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2018.

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