As reported by Vatican news, the Kenyan Bishops mourned over the murder of Kenyan missionaries, in their Pastoral Statement titled, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers that you do unto me” (Mathew 25:40). The Pastoral Statement also speaks about the Bishops’ resolve to deal with issues of protecting children particularly under the care of the Church.
As reported by Vatican news, the statement read, ““We would like to offer our prayers and condolences to the families, friends and congregations of the two priests who were brutally shot dead this month. A Jesuit priest, Fr Victor Luke Odhiambo was killed in South Sudan, and a Mill Hill young priest Fr Cosmas Omboto Ondari who were killed in Cameroon. We offer our prayers and condolences to the families, friends and congregations that have been greatly hurt by the killings. We pray that God gives the Church, especially in the frontiers, the strength and courage to remain steadfast in faith in the face of hardships, temptations and real risks to life as our friends Fr Victor and Cosmas did. May their souls rest in peace.”
The Bishops say that the violence and evil committed against minors and vulnerable members of a society is a sign of a morally sick society. “As your shepherds, we shall do everything possible to implement policies on child protection and safeguarding of these vulnerable members and require all who work with minors to commit themselves to these policies.” Other areas, in the Statement, to do with safeguarding children include teenage and schoolgirl pregnancies in Kenya as well as the rise in cases of abortions.