Last Friday, hundreds attended a memorial service for Bishop Luigi Lokati, who was murdered a year ago by a gang of thugs within the church compound. Six suspects have so far been arraigned at Nairobi's High Court, charged with the murder of the 76 year-old bishop who was vicar of the apostolic vicariate of Isiolo. In his message, read to the huge congregation by the current vicar of the apostolic vicariate, Bishop Anthony Mukobo Ireri, apostolic nuncio to Kenya, Archbishop Alain Paul Lebeaupin, said: "Let your faith, hope, and charity be watered and strengthened by the sacrifice of our beloved late Bishop Locati, as he continues to offer each one of you to God, who called him to enjoy eternal rest. "His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, in sign of paternal affection, imparts a Special Apostolic Blessing to the whole community of Isiolo, gathered together for the commemoration of the first anniversary of the death of late Bishop Luigi Lokati. And he recalled: "a year has gone after the shocking murder of late Bishop Lokati took place. I have every hope that the memories of hardship have already been swept away and that the community has again settled down and restarted the race of the holy journey towards sanctity, through mutual and constant charity, and by seeing Jesus Christ in his servants and messengers, as he said talking about his disciples 'whoever listens to you listens to me' (lk.10.16a)."
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