Rose Achiego - Nairobi, Kenya & English Africa Service – Vatican City
The radio and television Masses are a way to continue giving spiritual nourishment to the more than 11 million Kenyan Catholic faithful who are no longer able to assemble at their various places of worship. The move comes in the wake of the Kenyan government’s suspension of all Church, Mosque, and other religious gatherings in a bid to combat the spread of COVID- 19.
Some religious institutions accused of non-compliance
Some Christian Churches and Mosques were over the weekend accused of non-compliance. Sections of Kenyan media labelled ‘defiant Churches and Mosques as the weak link’ in Kenya’s combat against the spread of the coronavirus.
Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe lamented non-compliance by religious institutions to the social distancing requirement imposed by health authorities. Kagwe has since reminded Kenyans that the new health instruction includes weddings, funerals and other social gatherings.
“These directives take effect immediately until further notice. Once again, we are aware that these measures may be inconvenient at the moment, but I assure that they are necessary for meeting our indicated objective of keeping all Kenyans safe,” Kagwe said.
Catholic broadcast media announce times for various Masses
Kenya’s Director of Capuchin Television, Fr. Peter Waweru announced that in response to the signs and needs of the time, Capuchin TV would air Holy Mass twice a day.
Almost all Kenya’s Catholic radio stations also announced similar daily arrangements and times in their broadcast schedules.