Pope Francis Makes Kenyan Appointment

  • His Holiness Pope Francis made appointed Rt. Reverend Dominic Kimengich as the bishop of Eldoret Diocese.

    Kimengich is currently the bishop of Lodwar Diocese.

    The position fell vacant on October 30, 2017, following the death of Rt. Reverend Cornelius Korir. Consequently, the Holy Father appointed the Bishop of Kitale, Rt. Reverend Maurice Crowley as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese. 

    Bishop Kimengich who was appointed the Bishop of Eldoret Diocese by Pope Francis on Saturday, November 16.
    Bishop Kimengich who was appointed the bishop of Eldoret Diocese by Pope Francis on Saturday, November 16.

    According to media reports, the news of Bishop Kimengich's appointment was officially made public in Rome on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at noon. 

    The letter of his appointment was sent to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya His Excellency Archbishop Bert van Megen

    Born on April 23, 1961, Bishop Kimengich was ordained as an auxiliary bishop of Lodwar and titular bishop of tanaramusa on March 20, 2010.

    The Catholic church on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, assured President Uhuru Kenyatta that it fully supports his ongoing crackdown against graft in the country.

    The message was delivered during an event at State House, Nairobi, where Archbishop Hubertus Van Megen visited to present his credentials as Pope Francis' representative.

    In November 2015, the Pope made a three-day visit to Kenya.

    Pope Francis mingled freely with those around him as far as his security personnel could allow him.

    Archbishop Hubertus Van Megen and President Uhuru engaging in small talk in State House Nairobi on June 12, 2019
    Archbishop Hubertus Van Megen and President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi on June 12, 2019