COVID-19 is not a death sentence, but a challenge which is conquerable, the Catholic Church has said.
Archbishop Phillip Anyolo of Kisumu said the Ministry of health protocols on containment of COVID-19 must be adhered to.
Ahead of the reopening of catholic churches across the country on Tuesday the 14th of July,2020, Anyolo said the Church has fully complied with the guidelines.
Anyolo said that reopening of the country was made after serious consultations citing that there is fear among Kenyans that COVID-19 infection will increase. He stated that as long as Kenyans obey the set rules the country shall beat the invisible enemy.
“The decision to reopen the country has been made after serious considerations of the many factors that are affecting us as a country.” He said
“The Church is alive. COVID-19 will be defeated if we behave responsibly”, Anyolo said.
He was speaking at the Holy Family Basilica during a Live Holy Mass aired live by KBC Channel 1.
Anyolo, who is the Chairperson of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said the catholic church is ready to reopen and has come up with its protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“The protocols of how our services will carried out are ready,” he said
“These protocols will be presented to all the Bishops who will, in turn, present them to the parish priests in line with the structures of the Catholic Church,” he stated
Anyolo urged the government to partner with religious and professional institutions across the country in order to enhance psychosocial services to individuals and families who need it.
The Catholic Bishops have also called upon spiritual leaders to serve those who cannot access the church such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
Archbishop Anyolo encouraged the youth and children to spend the stay at home period wisely and avoid abusive ways of using social media.
“To the Youth and children, the extended period of your stay at home is meant to protect you against COVID-19. Look for positive ways of spending this period while at home.” He said.
The Bishops encouraged Kenyans to be their brothers and sisters’ keeper during this difficult period by being compassionate to the needy.