His Eminence 
John Njue
Cardinal Archbishop of Nairobi
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See Nairobi
Enthroned November 1, 2007
Reign ended incumbent
Predecessor Raphael Ndingi Mwana'a Nzeki
Ordination January 6, 1973
Consecration September 20, 1986
Created Cardinal November 24, 2007
Other Coadjutor Archbishop of Nyeri (2002-2007)
Bishop of Embu (1986-2002)
Personal details
Born 1944
Embu, Kenya

John Njue (born 1944) is a Kenyan Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the fourth and current Archbishop of Nairobi, having previously served as Coadjutor Archbishop of Nyeri (2002-2007) and Bishop of Embu (1986-2002). He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007.


John Njue was born in Embu, Kenya, to Joseph Nyanga Kibariki and Monica Ngina Nyaga. He was baptized in 1948, and entered the minor seminary in Nkubu in 1962. From 1967 to 1974, he furthered his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Urbaniana University (where he obtained a licentiate in philosophy) and Pontifical Lateran University (licentiate in pastoral theology).

On January 6, 1973, Njue was ordained to the priesthood by Pope Paul VI in St. Peter's Basilica. Returning to Kenya in October 1974, he did pastoral work in Kariakomu in the southern district of Meru. He also taught philosophy at the National Seminary of Bungoma, of which he later served as rector from 1978 to 1982. In 1982, he completed a course in spirituality in the United States. He then served as a parish priest in Chuka and rector of the Philosophical Seminary of Meru.

On June 9, 1986, Njue was appointed Bishop of Embu by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 20 from Jozef Cardinal Tomko, with Bishops Silas Silvius Njiru and Raphael Ndingi Mwana'a Nzeki serving as co-consecrators. He served as President of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference from 1997 to 2003, and was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Nyeri on January 23, 2002. Following the murder of Bishop Luigi Locati, he served as Apostolic Administrator of Isolo from 2005 to 2006.

Njue was appointed Archbishop of Nairobi on October 6, 2007, and was installed on the following November 1. Shortly afterwards, he was created Cardinal Priest of Preziosissimo Sangue di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo by Pope Benedict XVI in the consistory of November 24, 2007.



Njue has issued a pastoral letter calling abortion a "foreign concept" and blasting the government for attempting to legalise it in Kenya. [1]


Bishop Njue has stated that the rampant use of condoms is to blame for the spread of HIV/AIDS. Despite condom use, the number of Kenyans infected with the disease continues to rise, calling it an indication that condoms are not effective as a prevention method. [2]

Styles of
John Cardinal Njue
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Nairobi

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  1. Kenyan Cardinal Blasts Government Attempt to Legalise Abortion
  2. Kenyan Bishop Blames Condoms For Epidemic
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