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Catholic faithful in Kenya are in mourning following the death of a retired Kenyan Catholic cleric Bishop Silas Silvius Njiru who succumbed to COVID-19 in Italy.

Confirming his death, Meru Bishop Salesius Mugambi said Bishop Njiru, 92, died on Tuesday, April 28 at 12:30am at the Rivoli Hospital where he was admitted on April 25.

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Reports indicate that Njiru relocated to Italy in 2004 after retiring as a bishop and until his demise, he was staying at the Blessed Joseph Allamano house in Alpignano, Turin, Italy.

The late was among three priests from the house that had been taken ill after contracting COVID-19.

While mourning Bishop Njiru, Deputy President William Ruto described him as a tender-hearted and gracious man.

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“Bishop Njiru was a quiet and gentle faith leader who rendered distinctive care and support to the weak and the defenceless in society. Past the pulpit, he held clear views and deep commitment to social justice; he was ever working towards bringing people together,” said the DP.

The deceased was born on October 10, 1928 and ordained as a priest on December 17, 1955 before being appointed auxiliary bishop of Meru on October 2, 1975.

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On December 9, 1976, he was ordained Bishop of Meru and served until March 18, 2004 when he retired and later moved to Italy

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