Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his eminence cardinal John Njue after he reached his retirement age.
Njue has been the pastoral governor of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Nairobi since 2007.
“I wish to inform you that His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Eminence John Cardinal Njue as the Archbishop of Nairobi,” read the letter in part.
In his position, Nairobi Bishop Rev. David Kamau will take over Apostolic Administrator of Nairobi Archdiocese.
Kamau has been the auxiliary Bishop of Nairobi and served in the archdiocese since 1999.
The retirement and new Commissioning news were first released on Monday, January 4 in Rome.
According to the Catholic law, which is called resignation in the canon ( Law. CIC 401), a Bishop aged 75 writes a later of resignation to the pope.
He then waits for the pop to respond on whether he rejects or accepts.
In Njue’s case, He is 76 years old an indication that he might have sent the later in the year 2019.
“Can. 401, A diocesan bishop who has completed the seventy-fifth year of age is requested to present his resignation from office to the Supreme Pontiff, who will make provision after he has examined all the circumstances,” reads the law.
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