Remember when we said that President Obama’s historic visit to Kenya as a president may pave way for other dignitaries from other countries to explore Kenya as well? Now it’s becoming a reality. Vatican City announced on Aug 4, 2015/06:01 am through (CNA/EWTN5 News) – that the pope will be visiting Uganda and Central African Republic …but didn’t give detailed information as to whether Kenya will be included. Well, during Pope Francis’s first trip to Africa since becoming pope this November, Kenya will welcome the Holy Father.
Pope Francis spoke with Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah (L) during a private audience at the Vatican on September 10, 2015. The Vatican has confirmed that the Pope will be making a stop in the country come November as part of his papal trip to Africa.
According to the trip schedule, Pope Francis will visit Kenya on November 25, 2015 before going to Uganda on 27th and concluding his trip in Central African Republic on November 29th
A Report by Reuters Reads:
“In June, the Argentine pontiff while speaking to a gathering of priests from around the world said that he wanted to go to Kenya as part of his first papal trip to Africa but that the visit was “uncertain” because there were organisational problems.”,
Vatican delegation was expected into the country early last month to prepare for the Pope’s arrival said to be welcomed by Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi and Archbishop Charles Balvo, apostolic nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan.
The confirmation of the Pope’s visit comes in the wake of the National Assembly lobbying to have him address parliament during his visit and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to Italy.
Based on reports, the legislators are hopeful and confident about the pontiff honoring the request, despite the fact that there is no formal confirmation from the Vatican on the November visit. However, the Kiminini Member of Parliament (MP) Chris Wamalwa who made the request being reported revealed the following:
“The role of the church in the legislative process is critical. When we embrace the Christian norms and teachings, they will guide us in carrying out our legislative work.”
The Pope’s visit comes few months after US President Barrack Obama visited the country and held talks with President Kenyatta on matters touching on trade and security.
Originally, according to the website of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, Pope Francis was scheduled to travel to Africa Nov. 27-29, visiting Uganda and Central African Republic. Later the idea of Kenya was included: it borders Uganda’s east. Before this confirmation, locals had believed that there will be a three-day papal visit to the nation.
Now Kenyans are much of a celebratory mood because it has been confirmed that Pope Francis, the first pontiff to hail from Latin America will visit Kenya during his trip to Uganda this November. And the much anticipated visit is expected to add a new dimension to an already highly anticipated trip to Africa and will also help renew the faith of Christians in the country