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Arrest Catholic Priests who conducted Palm Sunday mass – Atheists of Kenya

By Fay Ngina | April 6th 2020

The Atheists of Kenya society (AIK) want the Catholic Church Priests who conducted the Palm Sunday mass on April 5 arrested for violating the social distancing rule directed by the government over COVID-19 pandemic.

Through a press statement to the media, the AIK President Harrison Mumia said that Cardinal Bishop John Njue disregarded the social media rule after one of the priests standing next to him was seen holding the microphone using his hands.

Mumia also stated that the priests did not observe the one-meter rule while administering the Holy Communion at the Holy Family Basilica.

“For instance, one of the priests was seen holding a microphone next to Cardinal John Njue using his hand. During the mass, we also observed that the priests stood less than one meter away from each other while administering the holy communion,” read part of the statement.

The AIK President, while recalling the 15 athletes who were arrested in Elgeyo Marakwet found training, said that the church leadership should not be given ‘preferential treatment.’

“We expect the Catholic Church to lead the way in the fight against coronavirus. The leadership of the Catholic Church should take a leading role in practicing social distancing so that Kenyans, many of whom are Christians can heed the calls to stay far enough away from each other,” said Mumia.

Mumia concluded the letter by asking the government not to be selective while fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are calling for the arrest of the Catholic Church leadership that conducted the mass at Holy Family Basillica today, including His Eminence, Cardinal Bishop John Njue.”

“We ask the government not to be selective in its war on COVID-19,” Mumia concluded. 

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