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Call for responsible journalism in Kenya for Papal’s visit

Monday 9 November 2015, by SIGNIS

Nairobi, Brussels, November 9th, 2015 (CANAA/SIGNIS). The Chairman of the Commission for Social Communications of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe has called for responsible journalism ahead of the visit of Pope Francis to the country in just over a fortnight.

Bishop Obanyi made the call in an exclusive interview with CANAA on Thursday in Nairobi.

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Bishop Obanyi

“We would like to urge the media to as much as possible present what helps the people through the message and presence of the Holy Father, to help them (the people) grow a step higher in their faith, in their lives, and resist the temptation of misrepresenting those issues that can kill the faith of the people,” Bishop Obanyi told CANAA.

He further said that all the TV channels and radios in Kenya will be at the service of the message of Pope Francis when he will be in the country, adding that the communication department responsible for this Papal visit has “engaged a consortium of communication companies, the best that there are (in Kenya)” to facilitate the delivery of the Pope’s message to the general public.

“We are going to install public address systems and TV screens” in the parks close to Nairobi University grounds during the Papal open air mass.

Bishop Obanyi who is the Local Ordinary of Kakamega diocese is in Nairobi for the KCCB Plenary Assembly, which is discussing the Papal visit among other issues of national concern.

KCCB Chairman, Bishop Philip Anyolo has scheduled a Press Conference on Friday morning, November 6, at the conclusion of the Kenya Bishops’ Plenary Assembly.
The Press Conference will be held at Nairobi University Grounds, the venue of the open air Papal mass slated for November 26.

To read the whole interview, click here.

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