Catholic Church in Kenya


The Catholic Church in Kenya is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Kenyan Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Pope in the Vatican City.

Zacchaeus Okoth (front right), former Archbishop of Kisumu

The earliest traces of the Catholic Church in Kenya begin with the missionaries that penetrated the state in 1498, led by Vasco da Gama. Due to regional conflict, poor transportation, and a largely nomadic presence, it became more established in northern Kenya during the twentieth century.[1]

The Catholic Church is the world's largest Christian Church, and its largest religious grouping. There are an estimated 7.5 million baptised Catholics in Kenya, approximately 33% of the population.[2]

Within Kenya the hierarchy consists of:

  • Archbishopric
    • Bishopric

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