Bishops in Kenya to Revive Biblical Apostolate Program
CANAA || By Rose Achiego, Waumini Communications, KCCB || 23 March 2017
In an effort to continue evangelizing and spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the country, the Catholic Bishops in Kenyan under their Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) are planning to establish a biblical apostolate office at the National level.
In the first meeting toward this initiative held at the Catholic Secretariat on Tuesday, March 21, some 12 representatives from different dioceses with programs on biblical apostolate were led by the KCCB delegate for Africa on Biblical Apostolate and Bishop Joseph Mbatia of Nyahururu diocese to deliberate on how to disseminate the messages of the bible to the Christians, to know the dioceses where the biblical apostolate has already taken root and which once to reach out to.
Bishop Mbatia said a bible is a tool for evangelization, source of knowing God and a tool to help Christians understand God more, adding that once the faithful understand the word of God, the people will be transformed and will manifest the common good in return.
He noted that the Vatican II document encourages the faithful to study the bible and so the bishops are implementing what has been said by the Church.
“Vatican II is clear that the Christians must understand the bible and must be allowed to understand the word of God” Bishop Mbatia said.
He requested bishops to appoint diocesan pastoral coordinators in dioceses where there are none as the team needs to have a working document for guidance to enable the speedy implementation of the program in the various dioceses of Kenya.
The meeting was attended by Biblical Scholars, Pastoral Coordinators and other representatives mostly drawn from the dioceses where biblical apostolate is active.