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MERU, Kenya, September 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — The Catholic Church in Kenya remains fixed on defending marriage and the family, one of its bishops said, calling on families to be a stronghold against laws that threaten them.

The Church there will also work through its diocesan offices to strengthen families so they can be “sanctuaries of love and life.”

“The Catholic Church in Kenya continues to oppose measures that do not promote family life by either seeking to redefine or erode the meaning of marriage or the family,” stated Bishop Salesius Mugambi.

The Bishop of the Meru diocese and chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (KCCB) National Family Life Office made his statements in defense of the family September 2 at the introduction of the new National Family Life Policy in Mombasa, Kenya, a Vatican News report said.

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Bishop Mugambi stressed that the family is a gift of God that originates from the union between a man and a woman, according to the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) news blog.

The new Policy, developed by the KCCB to provide Kenyan dioceses guidance on supporting the family apostolate, has the mission of “Witnessing Christian Family Life.”

The bishop said it will “stimulate Diocesan Family Life Coordinators and all the stakeholders to journey with the families to evangelize in promoting sanctuaries of love and life.”

He appealed to families to be the front line in making certain laws and state institutions support and defend the rights of the family through sound legislation and policies that support the family.

“The Family is an image of the Holy Trinity that signifies the love of God for humanity,” Bishop Mugambi said. “As a visible sign of this love, the family becomes the venue par excellence for the transmission of life, faith and training in values and virtues.”