AFRICA/KENYA - Covid-19: "Defending the values of the family severely tested by confinement"

Saturday, 13 June 2020 family   coronavirus   bishops  

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - "All Kenyans should not take this pandemic as an opportunity to deviate from our family values. Rather, reflect on them the fruits of marriage. A healthy family has a good relationship with God and among each other. Families should pray together, read the word of God, evangelize, and express mutual respect. It is in the family where values, faith, and culture of the society are learned and practiced for the first time", said the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Family Life National Office, Rt. Rev. Norman King’oo.
Bishop King’oo noted that stringent measures by the government, especially the restriction of movement in efforts to avert the spread of COVID–19 has affected the family, as emotions have been running high due to the changes within families, homes, and workplaces. He added that worries of accessing basic necessities have characterized the lives of Kenyans deepening anxiety rates of what the future holds.
Celebrating Holy Mass at the Holy Family Minor Basilica Nairobi, Mgr. King'oo said, “the family is considered a basic unit of the society; it is the original cell of social life and its stability constitutes the foundations of the society".
Bishop King’oo encouraged spouses to share their thoughts and cooperate in the upbringing of their children amidst the common struggle to remain happy and harmonious in the family setup.
The Bishop urged Kenyans to continue praying and supporting the vulnerable in the society and to abide by the measures put in place for the purpose of fighting COVID-19 pandemic reiterating bishops’ continuous commitment to work with state and non-state actors for the common good in these unforeseen circumstances. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 13/6/2020)