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Pope Francis Appoints Bishop of Bungoma Diocese

Catholic Pope Francis has appointed Rev Monsignor Mark Kadima as the Bishop of the Diocese of Bungoma taking over from Bishop Norman King’oo who was transferred to the Diocese of Machakos.

Until his appointment, Monsignor Kadima aged 57, was serving as Vatican’s Charge d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in South Sudan.

The appointment of the Bishop-elect was communicated to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert Van Megen on Tuesday 14, December this year.

Rev. Kadima who was born on 30th April, 1964 in Kholera, Kakamega was ordained priest on 2nd October, 1993 for the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega where he has served in different capacities.

After ordination, he worked at Shiseso Parish as an Assistant until 1996 when he was appointed as Rector of St. Peter’s Mukumu in 1996. He also served in various capacities as Diocesan Coordinator of Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, member of College of Consultors, Diocesan Cannon Law Advisor, member of Diocesan Renewal Program Implementation Team of the Africa Synod, member of the Board of Governors and Canon Law Society of Kenya and member of the Kisumu Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Tribunal.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms, the Catholic Church said before the appointment of the new Bishop-elect, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega, Joseph Obanyi, has been the Apostolic Administrator of Bungoma from June 2018 following Bishop King’oo’s transfer to Machakos.

By Bernadette Khaduli

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