By Arnold Neliba
The August 29 consecration of Rt. Rev. Joseph Mwongela as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui was an event of a kind. While the choice of St Charles Lwanga Secondary School grounds for the venue was symbolic — an old boy returning home, the venue provided enough room to implement the set guidelines on worship amid Covid-19.
It was the first public religious gathering after the introduction of guidelines for the first phase of reopening of places of worship as set by the Interfaith Council on Covid-19.
The only 1500 people allowed into the venue to witness the consecration of the fourth bishop of Kitui had to produce their invitation cards at the gate where each was given a mask, a small bottle of sanitizer, and asked to wash their hands before taking their seats which were clearly marked and set at 1.5 meters apart.
The Mass began at exactly 10:00 am with only the bishops taking part in the procession to the altar. The consecration was conducted by Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, assisted by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue of Nairobi, and Archbishop Anthony Muheria, the outgoing Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui.
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