KENYA: Come out in Large numbers to Welcome Pope, Bishops Urge Kenyans

NAIROBI NOVEMBER 6, 2015(CISA) – The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has called on Kenyans to welcome Pope Francis when he visits on November 25-27.

In a statement read by Bishop Philip Anyolo, KCCB chairman titled “You shall know them by their fruits Mathew 7:16” the bishops said that the church and the nation at large was privileged to host the Holy Father.

“We urge all Catholics and people of good will and invite all to turn out in large numbers to welcome the Holy Father may his coming bring us all the spiritual benefits we need to grow as one united nation strong in faith and rooted in God’s love.”

The bishops were addressing a press conference at the University of Nairobi grounds after their week-long November plenary assembly at Donum Dei in Karen.

The bishops called on Kenyans to use the time to reflect “on what we can do to turn this country into a Kenya we want a country where the dignity of every person is reflected.”

“May his coming (Pope Francis) bring us all the spiritual benefits we need to grow as one a strong united nation,” said the bishops.

The bishops said that, “Kenyans needed to live as brother and sisters irrespective of our ethnicities and place of origin with access to equal opportunities for our nation for which our ancestors struggled and sacrificed their lives.”

The bishops further called on the state to end the heightened looting from the government and reckless utterances by the leaders.

“We need to fight and guard against emerging trends and threats to good values. We must tackle corruption the heightened looting from the public coffers by those entrusted with public resources. We must also guard against reckless and irresponsible utterances that can incite communities and promote respect to our country,” the bishops said.

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