NAIROBI NOVEMBER 24, 2015 (CISA) – The Catholic Bishops of Kenya have invited all Kenyans to honour, Thursday November 26, as a national day for prayer and reconciliation.
Pope Francis is set to celebrate a public Mass at the University of Nairobi grounds on the day and the Government of Kenya has declared it a public holiday.
“… the Holy Father will celebrate his first Mass on the African continent at the University of Nairobi…we invite all Kenyans to honour this day of Thursday 26 November as a national day of prayer and reflection,” Bishop Philip Anyolo, Chairman Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said.
The bishop was speaking at press conference held at Waumini House, Westlands on Tuesday November 24, a day before Pope Francis arrives in Kenya.
“Fellow Kenyans, we have been granted the special gift by His Holiness Pope Francis, and with so many of our brothers and sisters from neighbouring African countries joining us on our national day of prayer and reflection, we urge all Kenyans to come to Nairobi and join us on the day of Pope Francis’s first Papal Mass on the continent of Africa,” Bishop John Oballa Owaa Vice-Chair, KCCB said.
“We the Catholic Bishops would like to once again reiterate our commitment as the Catholic Church to commune with persons of all religions and of all social status, rich or poor.”
The bishops further thanked the government of Kenya led by President Uhuru Kenyatta who has been at the forefront in making sure all the logistics are in place and that the Holy Father will receive a befitting welcome.
“We also wish to thank specially the Joint National Steering Committees who have worked tirelessly, and all Kenyans who have been part of this great journey,” said the bishops.