Inculturation and the Catholic Church
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This project has been looking at the process of inculturating .the Catholic Church with a specific emphasis on the Church in Kenya. The Catholic Church has been in existence for almost two thousand years, as long as the religion Christianity has. It has been in Africa almost as long. The churches of Northern Africa were some of the first churches to be founded. Over the centuries the Coptic Church in Ethiopia has grown and developed its own style of worship and liturgy. Christianity and the Catholic Church did not reach Sub-Saharan Africa until the fifteenth century. At that time it was brought over with European missionaries and settlers. The first Sub-Saharan African consecrated as a Bishop was Don Henrique of Congo in 1518 (Pope John Paul, pg. 27). Since then Africans have slowly but surely been corning into the hierarchy of the Church. In Kenya today there are only two non-African Bishops in the Catholic Church, and when these Bishops retire they will be replaced with Africans.