HUNDREDS AT CARDINAL OTUNGA DINNER
NAIROBI, MAY 2, 2014.
Hundreds of people including the Clergy, Religious and the laity braved the rain to attend the Cardinal Otunga fund raising Dinner, held at the Consolata Shrine Catholic Church, Westlands on Friday, May 2, 2014.
The grand Dinner was aimed at raising funds for the ongoing Cause of the beatification on the life Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga.
This is one of the projects the Office of the Beatification of Cardinal Otunga plans to undertake this year.
Rome has already declared Cardinal Otunga has the Servant of God, one of the steps towards the beatification.
Other projects include the Golf Tournament slated for June and a Walk planned for September.
Addressing the assembled congregation, Bishop David Kamau, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, who represented His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, thanked the organizers of the Dinner, describing it as a sign of commitment to the current Cause of beatification on the life of Cardinal Otunga.
The Bishop also thanked the people who had braved the rain to attend the function, stressing that the current Cause called moral, prayerful and financial support.
“It’s through this kind of commitment that the Cause of beatification on the life of our beloved Cardinal Otunga will bear the intended fruitful conclusion,” the Bishop further told the assembled gathering.
He said he worked with the Cardinal and that his-Cardinal Otunga’s life- was guided by a high level of simplicity, piety, humanity and a total commitment to his pastoral service.
“This is a life worth to be emulated by each one of us,” he underlined.
Bishop Kamau sent the best of wishes of Cardinal Njue to the congregation, stressing that he was with them (Cardinal Njue) in spirit as they fund raised for this noble Cause.
Addressing the congregation, Vice Postulator of the beatification Process, Brother Reginald Cruz gave a brief update on the ongoing process.
He said the Diocesan Phase of the Process was now over and its Report sent to Rome.
“Both the compiling and the sending of the Report took place last September and December respectively,” he explained.
“What is now left is Rome to go through the 27,000 page-report and the writing of the bibliography of Cardinal Otunga, paving the way for the commencement of the Second Phase of the Process, otherwise known as the Roman Phase, “ emphasized Bro Cruz.
He also told the congregation that his Office was still waiting a verification of the reported cases of cure, whose response will clear our case of miracle /s.
“We, as per now have quite a number of reported cases of cure, but what remains is a proven fact/s on the issue, and more so by the medical doctors linked with the reported cases,” added Brother Cruz.
“My appeal therefore is that we should pray hard for this. It’s very central on the work ahead of us in this beatification process,” he urged.
He also urged the Catholics and the people of goodwill to continue to offer prayers and equally continue to support the Cause, morally and financially.
Others who addressed the gathering included: Mrs Jane Kiura, a lay woman, who worked closely with Cardinal on matters pertaining to family life; Mr Cyril Nabutola, who spoke on behalf of Cardinal Otunga’s family, and Father Simon Peter Kamomoe , the Father-in-Charge of the Holy Family Minor Basilica, who spoke on behalf of the priests, ordained by Cardinal Otunga.
Report by F Njuguna