AFRICA/KENYA - Attack in Nairobi: the solidarity of the Episcopal Conference to the victims

Friday, 18 January 2019 terrorism   bishops  

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - The Episcopal Conference of Kenya offer their sincere consolation and condolences to families who have lost their loved ones following the terror attack at DusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi, during which 20 civilians, a policeman and 5 perpetrators were killed. "As Bishops, we are saddened that young men and women have reached a point of believing that killing innocent people is a good thing" says His Exc. Mgr. Philip Anyolo Bishop of Homabay and President of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), in a message sent to Agenzia Fides.
Mgr. Anyolo praises "the efforts and quick responses of volunteers and health care workers in providing first aid and urgent medical attention to save lives of the affected persons. We also applaud Citizens for embracing the spirit of patriotism by spreading messages of hope on social media and for the overwhelming response to calls for blood donations". "As the Catholic Church, we appreciate our local parishes located near the scene of the incident, namely Holy Trinity-Kileleshwa, St. Austin and Consolata Shrine, who mobilized Christians to provide food, soft drinks and water to the rescue teams". Mgr. Anyolo concludes by launching an appeal for national unity, asking everyone to reject any form of ethnic, political, religious and gender divisions. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 18/1/2019)