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According to the Catholic News Agency and Fides News Service, the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations have declared that “Now is the time for making amendments to the new Constitution.” This statement is in reference to the new constitution which the Bishops deemed “flawed” on moral issues. At the same time, the Bishops asked that all Kenyans “make even greater efforts now to uphold the need for peace, love and unity in our relations as brothers and sisters to all other Kenyans.”

Amani Mashinani: Peace at the Grassroots, is a booklet rooted in creative initiatives to overcome ethnic violence in Kenya’s Rift Valley, is a primer in effective approaches to building peace in divided communities anywhere. It outlines practical steps in bringing people together to negotiate, discuss root issues, craft local peace agreements or “social contracts,” and carry out joint projects of interest to all parties, such as rebuilding a health center or constructing a rural road. It draws on the wisdom of Bishop Cornelius Korir of Burnt Forest, a CRS partner in peacemaking.

The Pastoral Letter of John Cardinal Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi, offers a message of reconciliation following Kenya’s post-election violence. It was issued on February 6 (Ash Wednesday), 2008. A theological analysis of this letter, Be Reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20d): Demoting Violence and Promoting Peace, was written by Jean-Claude Loba-Mkole, OP, Hekima College, Nairobi, Kenya.

Bishop Cornelius Korir’s book on grassroots peacebuilding in the North Rift region of Kenya, Amani Mashinani, the sight of much brutal post-election violence, was published in 2009 by the Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya, East Africa, with support from Catholic Relief Services and CARITAS-Australia and funding by AusAID.

David Hollenbach published Corruption and Inaction Leave Kenya on the Brink in a recent issue of America: The National Catholic Weekly.