Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - The religious men and women belonging to various congregations and orders in Kenya will remember the four Missionaries of Charity killed in Yemen at a Eucharistic celebration this Saturday on April 16 at Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi.
Among the four sisters killed, Mary Judith Kanini, 41, was Kenyan. "Born in a family of eight to a single mother" - reads a note sent to Agenzia Fides - Sister Mary Judith Kanini left her home in Machakos, as Anastasia Kanini to join the Missionaries of Charity". In 2002 she started her mission in Yemen, and her last visit to her family in Kenya dates back to 2011.
"Kodogo (her nickname used in the family) told me that life was difficult in Yemen and that at the nursing home the nuns lived in constant fear of attacks" said her mother, Ms. Agnes Kasangi.
The other three nuns killed alongside Sr. Judith were 44-year old Sr. M. Marguerite and 32-year old Sr. M. Reginette both from Rwanda and Sr. M. Anselm, 57, from Jharkhand, India.
The total toll of the assault to the nursing home for the elderly and disabled run by the nuns is at least 16 victims, while there has been no news of Indian Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil, who resided at the convent of the nuns.
"We will pray also for the salvation of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil", says Brother Reginald Cruz, Vice Postulator and in charge of relations with the religious of the Xaverian Fathers. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 15/04/2016)