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Pope Francis appoints Philip Anyolo as Nairobi Archbishop

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  • Archbishop Anyolo takes over from the late John Cardinal Njue who retired in January 2020.
  • Cardinal Njue had been in charge of the archdiocese since October 6, 2007, when he took over following the retirement of Ndingi Mwana ‘a Nzeki.

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed Archbishop Philip Arnold Subira Anyolo to head the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi.

Archbishop Anyolo, who was serving as the Archbishop of Kisumu Diocese prior to his latest appointment, now takes over from John Cardinal Njue who retired in January 2020.

Cardinal Njue had been in charge of the archdiocese since October 6, 2007, when he took over following the retirement of Ndingi Mwana ‘a Nzeki. Others who have served as archbishops include John Joseph McCarthy, who was archbishop from March 1953 to October 1971; Archbishop Maurice Michael Otunga 1971–1997) and Mwana’a Nzeki who was archbishop for a decade.

Born in 18th May 1956 in Tongaren, Bungoma County, Archbishop Anyolo was ordained as a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret in 15th October 1983.

On 6th December 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him as the Bishop of Kericho. He was consecrated as bishop in Kericho on February 3, 1996. He served in Kericho until March 22, 2003.

On March 22, 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him as the second Bishop of Homa Bay Diocese and was officially installed on May 23, 2003.

He has previously served as the Chairperson of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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