Bishop Emanuel Barbara of Malindi Catholic Diocese is dead.
A file photo of the late Malindi diocese Bishop Emmanuel Barbara (L) during a past function. /ALPHONCE GARI
The news of his demise reached the church after he failed to attend Friday morning prayers at the St Anthony of Padova Cathedral.
There was a sombre mood as senior church officials gathered at his home to condole with members of his family.
Barbara has served in the diocese for six years.
Both the church and national flags flew on half mast in honor of the late bishop.
Mombasa Archbishop Martin Kivuva eulogised Bishop Barbara as a person who was dedicated and committed to his work.
"My sincere condolences for the loss of our brother Bishop and friend Emmanuel," he said.
"I spoke with the bishop last on December 31 before the end of the year. I wished him happy new year. The news of his death was a shock to me."
He said the Bishop had earlier travelled oversees to seek medication. The church is yet to disclose what he was suffering from.
The Archbishop said the date and place of the burial of the bishop will be announced after decision by the church.