Pope Francis has appointed Nairobi Auxiliary Bishop David Kamau as the Apostolic Administrator of the Nairobi Archdiocese following the resignation of John Cardinal Njue.
Bishop Kamau has served in the archdiocese since 22nd December 1999, when he was appointed the Auxiliary Bishop. He was also assigned the titular church of Oëa in Libya. He is also a former apostolic administrator of the Kenya Defence Forces.
Born in Kiambu in 1955, Kamau was ordained as a priest in Nairobi on 10th January 1982.
Currently, there are three other senior Catholic Church leaders in Kenya. They are Archbishops Antony Muheria (Nyeri), Martin Musonde (Mombasa), and Philip Arnold Subira Anyolo (Kisumu). When Pope Francis finally decides to pick Cardinal Njue’s successor, there is a high possibility of his preferred choice being one of these three archbishops.
According to the Canon Law, archdiocesan or diocesan bishops, including cardinals, are supposed to write a letter of resignation to the Holy See on attaining age 75, and wait until the Pope accepts the request.
Cardinal Njue, he wrote his letter in 2019 and had to wait until this year when Pope Francis endorsed his retirement.
The news of Cardinal Njue’s resignation was officially announced in Rome today, 4th January 2021.
The acceptance letter of his resignation was sent to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) by Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya Hubertus Van Megen.
Cardinal Njue, 77, was appointed the Archbishop of Nairobi on 6th October 2007, succeeding Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki, who retired in October 2007.
He was elevated a cardinal in 2007, becoming the second Kenyan after Michael Cardinal Otunga.
He served as the chairman of the Seminary Episcopal Commission for major seminaries in Kenya from 1987 to 1991.
He served as the chairman of the KCCB from 1997 to 2003. He also served in Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and was chairman of the Development and Social Services Department Kenya Catholic Secretariat (KCS).
On 9th March 2002, he was appointed Co-adjutor Archbishop Administrator.
From 2005 to 2006, he was the Apostolic Administrator of the Vicariate of Isiolo following the death of the late Rt-Rev Luigi Locati.
He was appointed first Bishop of the newly created Diocese of Embu by Pope John Paul II on 9th June in 1986 and received his episcopal consecration on 20th September 1986.