Pope Francis Appoints New Leader in Kenya

Pope Francis has appointed Kitale Bishop Maurice Crowley as the new Eldoret Bishop following the death of Bishop Cornelius Korir.

The Pope wrote to the Eldoret Diocese approving Crowley's appointment to oversee the activities of the Church.

Crowley will act as the Apostolic Administrator in the diocese until a new Bishop is named by the Pope.

Vicar General of the Eldoret Diocese, Father William Korir, confirmed the appointment stating that it was temporary.

Pope's representative to Kenya, Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo noted that it may take time to find the right person because of the nature of the process.

[caption caption="Kitale Bishop Maurice Crowley"][/caption]

"I now have the major task of looking for a new bishop. It will not be easy," stated Balvo.

Bishop Korir died last month while receiving treatment at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Prior to his death, Bishop Korir was quite vocal in matters related to politics, constantly preaching peace and reconciliation.

In September, the Bishop called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to resolve its internal disputes to deliver credible polls.

He also warned them of finger-pointing, asking them to focus more on overseeing an election with minimal hitches.

[caption caption="Late Bishop Cornelius Korir"][/caption]

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