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EVENTS

 

28 September, 7:00 a.m. - Annual Walk in Support of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Cardinal Otunga.

 

28 September, 12:00 noon - Mass and Solemn Closing of the Diocesan Inquiry of the Cause and Beatification of Cardinal Otunga.

 

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 Cardinal Otungas beatification process

Annual walk and closing of archdiocesan inquiry

 On 28 September 2013, at the Holy Family Basilica of Nairobi, took place the solemn closing of the
archdiocesan inquiry on the Beatification and Canonization Process of the Servant of God Maurice
Michael Cardinal Otunga.

The Roman Postulator, Dr. Waldery Hilgeman, and the local Vice-Postulator, Bro. Reginald Cruz, presented the thousands of pages gathered by the Tribunal and the Historical Commission. The members of the Tribunal made their final oath, swearing that they had fulfilled their duties properly and kept the confidentiality of their offices. After that, the documents were formally closed and sealed, and were transported to the Apostolic Nunciature to be sent directly to the Congregation of Causes of Saints in Rome, where its officials will evaluate the validity of the work of our Archdiocesan Tribunal. If their work is favourably approved, the Postulator and Vice-Postulator of the Cause will then write the Positio, an extensive biography of the Servant of God, under the supervision of a Vatican official. Once they complete the work, it will be studied first by theologians and then by the Cardinal and Bishops of the Congregation of Causes of Saints. They will judge whether or not Cardinal Otunga had indeed practiced heroic virtues during his lifetime.

    In the morning of that same day, a Walk was organized to sustain the financial needs for the Beatification Cause of Cardinal Otunga in the coming Roman Phase and to promote awareness of the process.

Walk and Closing ceremony - Photogallery



Below is the letter issued by John Cardinal Njue to the priests, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Nairobi announcing the Solemn Closing of the Diocesan Inquiry of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Cardinal Otunga, as well as the invitation to attend the Annual Walk in support of the Cause.

 

TO: THE PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS, AND LAY FAITHFUL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NAIROBI

RE: SOLEMN CLOSING OF THE DIOCESAN INQUIRY OF THE CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION AND CANONIZATION OF CARDINAL OTUNGA AND ANNUAL WALK TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE

28 August 2013

 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The peace of the Lord be with you!

With joy, I would like to inform all of you that the Diocesan Inquiry of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga will solemnly close on Saturday, 28 September 2013, after the 12:00 noon Mass to be celebrated at the Holy Family Basilica.

This ceremony would be the culmination of the process which formally began on 11 November 2011. On that day, we installed the Archdiocesan Tribunal responsible for investigating the life, virtues and reputation of holiness of the late Cardinal Archbishop of Nairobi. For 22 months, more than 160 witnesses from Nairobi, Bungoma, Kisumu, Kisii, Mombasa Kakamega and Homa Bay were interviewed. Thousands of pages of the Servant of God’s writings had also been gathered from various archives and private collections.

During the Solemn Closing of the Diocesan Inquiry, all the documents gathered for the process will be publicly sealed in accordance with the longstanding practice of the Church. All of these documents would then be sent to the Vatican to begin the so-called Roman Phase of the process.

Once the Acts of the Diocesan Inquiry arrive at the Congregation of Causes of Saints, its officials will evaluate the validity of the work of our Archdiocesan Tribunal. If their work is favorably approved, the Postulator and Vice-Postulator of the Cause will then write the Positio, an extensive biography of the Servant of God, under the supervision of a Vatican official. Once they complete the work, it will be studied first by theologians and then by cardinal and bishops of the Congregation of Causes of Saints. They will judge whether or not our beloved Cardinal Otunga had indeed led a heroic virtues during his lifetime.

Cardinal Otunga is the first son of Kenya whose Process of Beatification would be examined by the Holy See. Thus, the celebration would be a momentous occasion not only for the Archdiocese of Nairobi but also for the Catholic Church of Kenya.

To sustain the financial needs for the Beatification Cause of Cardinal Otunga in the coming Roman Phase and promote awareness of the process, a Walk will take place that same Saturday morning. It will start from the Holy Family Basilica at 7:00 a.m.

I heartily invite you, as well as your parishes, congregations and organizations, to come and walk in support of the Servant of God Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga and become witnesses of the Solemn Closing of the Diocesan Inquiry of his Cause of Beatification and Canonization.

 

(signed)

John Cardinal Njue

Archbishop of Nairobi