Archbishop Ndingi retires, thanks Pope

The outgoing Catholic Archbishop of Nairobi, Raphael Ndingi Mwana has expressed gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI for letting him retire after nearly 40 years as bishop.

Archishop Ndingi said he was very happy that the Holy Father agreed to release him as the Archbishop of Nairobi, after 38 years of service as a bishop of the Catholic Church, The Catholic Information Service of Africa reported.

"I welcomed the appointment of Archbishop John Njue as my successor and pledge to support him," Archbishop Ndingi said.

"I think he will do extremely well with our support."

Ndingi was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Nairobi June 14, 1996. He took over from Cardinal Otunga June 21, 1997.

Archbishop Ndingi said his happiest experience as head of the Church in Nairobi was the commitment of Catholics to their Church, seen in attendance of mass, formation of catechumens often by volunteer catechists, the support of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) and growth of vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

"The Church in Nairobi, now numbering more than a million Christians, has grown tremendously over the last 50 years and is very strong," he said.

"You can come here any morning between 6.30 and 7.30 and see people coming from all over town to pray together.

"That is evidence of their strong faith in Jesus Christ."

Archbishop Ndingi Thanks Pope, Recalls His Years in Nairobi, CISAOctober 8, 2007

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