Archbishop Martin Kivuva receives the Pallium
On the 29th of June this year, our Archbishop, His Grace Martin Kivuva, together with 45 other new archbishops from around the world received the pallium at St. Peter's Basillica in Rome. The archbishops had mass led by the Holy Father Pope Francis. This year, however, the Pope set aside an element that had been part of the Mass for the past 32 years, by no longer conferring the pallium on new archbishops during the liturgy. The archbishops were to be present for the Pope's blessing of the palliums in order to underline their bond of unity and communion with him. The actual imposition of the woolen band shall take place in the archbishop's archdiocese in the presence of his faithful and bishops from neighbouring dioceses. The ceremony is to be presided over by the Pope's representative in Kenya, His Excellency Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo. His Grace Martin Kivuva shall have the pallium conferred on him in the archdiocese on a date to be confirmed later. Details as to its celebrations will be communicated in due course.
What is a Pallium?
The pallium (derived from the Roman pallium or palla, a woolen cloak) is an ecclesiastical vestment in the Catholic Church, originally peculiar to the pope, but for many centuries bestowed by him on metropolitans and primates as a symbol of the jurisdiction delegated to them by the Holy See. In that context it has remained connected to the papacy.
The pallium, in its present Western form, is a narrow band, "three fingers broad", woven of white lamb's wool from sheep raised by Trappist monks, with a loop in the centre resting on the shoulders over the chasuble and two dependent lappets, before and behind; so that when seen from front or back the ornament resembles the letter Y. It is decorated with six black crosses, one on each tail and four on the loop, is doubled on the left shoulder and sometimes is garnished, back and front, with three jeweled gold pins.
However, while it was the norm that palliums were conferred in Rome, starting this year, the impositions will be done to the archbishops in their respective archdioceses in the presence of the metropolitan bishops and the faithful.
The burial of the late mama Anjelina Illoka,
Beloved mother to Fr. Sylvanus Kizito Illoka, took place on the 11th June in Kambiri village. People from Mombasa archdiocese we represented by 5 priests: Fr Augustine Lape, Fr Peter Choi, Fr Boniface Mutua, Fr Raphael Kanga and Fr Pascal Mwambi, Sr Cathrine Nduku and over 25 Christians from Kichakasimba and other parishes. Among the specific funeral-cultural rites witnessed was the removing of the deceased's shoes afterwhich a white veil was laid on top of the coffin by members of the family, the Legion of Mary among others. According to traditions, it is believed that the deceased would appear and complain of too much heat if buried with shoes (or tie for a man). There after the coffin was carried out side the entrance of the compound only to be returned to the grave which was just the same spot the coffin was before.
The mass was presided over by Fr Choi, the chairman of the religious in Mombasa archdiocese while the homily, the Archbishop's and Kendpa's condolence messages were delivered by Fr Augustine Lape, chairman of Mombasa diocesan priests.
CMA Full Board Meeting
The CMA Full board meeting led by our Diocesan Chairman, Mr. James Mwai of Ukunda parish and who is also the CMA national chairman, was held on 4th July 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Changamwe In attendance were three executive members from all our eight deanaries together with officials from different sub-commitees e.g liturgy, communication and micro finance. Different reports were shared out and members were informed of the coming National prayer day to be held on 29th Aug 2015 at Tudor Pastoral Centre. Mombasa archdiocese has been selected to host the event and its preparations and hosting will involve Malindi and Garisa Dioceses which make up the Mombasa metropolitan.
Fr. Harrison Yaa -pastoral coordinator and currently the diocesan chaplain was introduced to the CMA. He pledged to work with the association. He also challanged the men to work hand in hand with their respective parish priests and deanary chaplains for harmony to exist between them and the clergy. He also challenged men to reach out to other groups especially St. Joseph movement, the YCA and CWA so as to foster unity in the Archdiocese.
He also informed the members present of the dates of CWA and CMA national elections to be held at differents levels: parish level on 25th July 2015, deanary level on 22nd August 2015, diocesan level on 19th September 2015 and the national level on 2nd to 4th December 2015 at the CMA national delegates, conference to be held at Katoloni in Machakos.