Uhuru calls for peace and reconciliation ahead of Pope’s visit

November 22, 2015 1:50 pm

, CHURCH-DANCERSNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has made calls for peace and reconciliation to Kenyans ahead of this weeks’ visit by Pope Francis.

Uhuru said it was important for Kenyans to unite and work together for the peace and prosperity of the country as well as that of the African continent.

“Kenya is a country that has strong faith and it is God who guides us, let us take this as an opportunity to reconcile and bring peace to our people and the continent,” said the President.

President Kenyatta who spoke after taking part in a ceremony to receive a replica of the Ark of the Covenant at the Apostles of Jesus Shrine in Karen further called on Kenyans to pray for a successful visit by the Pope saying the visit would reinforce faith in the country.

“Let us put our nation before God as we prepare to receive the Pope – let us pray that all goes to plan,” he added.

The Vicar General of the Shrine, Fredrick Otieno, said Pope’s visit was a blessing for Kenya and indication of the friendship Kenya has cultivated in the last few years.

“The visit by US President Barack Obama and the Pope’s visit now show that Kenya is blessed and has good friends,” he said.

The replica of the Ark of the Covenant was handed over by Sister Grace Gupana from Israel with a message of prosperity for Kenya.

“Today the Jubilee land is receiving the horn of the ram…any accusations any words of killings are now gone, because we will restore your land,” she said amid cheers from the crowd that had come to celebrate mass.

The celebration was attended by various diplomats including the envoys of Mozambique, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville and Burundi.

Kenya’s Ambassador to Israel Augostino Njoroge who oversaw the delivery of the replica of the Ark of the Covenant said it was an accomplishment for him but more than ever was the significance of the Ark in the country.

“If God is present there is everything, there is peace and people must reconcile if they have God in them. if there is evil in the country, it will be destroyed by the presence of the Ark…” he stated.

The Ark has various inscriptions bearing messages among them, ‘God is present’ and in the Old Testament signified an everlasting covenant of God with his people.
The Ark will remain at the Apostles of Jesus shrine where Kenyans will be allowed to see it.

Pope Francis arrives in the country on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, former Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia has outlined the honour the Pope’s visit would bestow on the country further calling on Kenyans and leaders to demonstrate, respect, tolerance and be mindful of others during the period.

Kimemia made the remarks at Ol-Kalou Catholic Church during a Sunday Service where he also called on the religious leaders and Kenyans to pray for the country and president Uhuru Kenyatta in order to be able to face the myriad of challenges bedeviling the country among them security, graft and ethnic cohesion.


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