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Second anniversary of the Upendo FM radio station in Kenya

Monday 23 November 2015, by SIGNIS

Nairobi, Brussels, November 23rd, 2015 (Daily Nation/SIGNIS ) Eldoret Catholic Bishop Cornelius Korir is a big admirer of the mass media, hence his decision in October, 2013 to found the Upendo FM radio station that broadcasts from his diocesan office on 89.4 FM in the North Rift.

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Bishop Korir

Upendo fm is located at The Cathedral church in Eldoret town, along Eldoret-Nairobi highway. The radio station is managed by the Catholic Church. Upendo FM was recently voted the best Catholic radio station in the country. "Communication is so important because the people want to know more about the Church and also what the government is doing.

"I normally go to the station to answer questions from listeners, and we also invite officials from the county government to talk about their programmes," Bishop Cornelius Korir said. "Communication is a tool for evangelisation and also for peace-keeping." With the numbers of Catholic faithful in Europe and the western world generally falling, he isn’t worried about spirituality in Kenya. "The faith here is growing," he said assuredly. Young people are coming to the church. The decline in numbers in Europe and the west is largely because of materialism and commercialisation, which is also destroying the family unit." Youths in Eldoret are full of praise for the bishop’s interest in youth affairs.

Young people

"Bishop Korir has always been so dear to the young people," said Paul Kiprotich, the diocese’s Young Christian Students co-ordinator. "His presence at all the youth functions in our diocese has challenged the young people and showed that he is always ready to always journey with us all the times."

The radio station is helping upcoming artists from Uasin Gishu through a radio program they are running for artists from the area. It runs every Friday from 8pm to 10pm and aims at connecting the upcoming artists to a larger audience. During this time, the artists are interviewed on their work, their artistic journey, achievements and challenges. Through this program, artists from Uasin Gishu have managed to get more shows, more exposure and more followers.

Bishop Korir

For his peace-keeping and peace-building efforts, Bishop Korir was in 2006 awarded the Moran of the Burning Spear by President Mwai Kibaki and also earned the Milele Lifetime Award in 2009 from the National Commission of Human Rights. In 2012, Moi University conferred upon him the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. Before being ordained in 1990 as Bishop of Eldoret, Bishop Korir had been ordained priest by the then Nairobi Archbishop Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki on November 6, 1982, and served in Molo, Kituro and Nakuru before taking up the role of Vocations Director and Episcopal Vicar at the Diocese of Kericho.

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