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Pope’s special message to Kenyans ahead of visit


With his visit to the country just two days away, Pope Francis has expressed his wish to meet with Kenyans of all walks and spread encouragement and love.

“We live in a time where religious people and people of goodwill everywhere are called to foster mutual understanding and respect and to support each other as members of one human family, for all of us are God’s children,” the Pope said on Sunday in a special message ahead of his arrival in the country.

“I would like to thank the people preparing for my arrival and ask faithful to pray for my visit,” the Pope added.

“I look forward to meeting Kenyan youths. They are the country’s greatest resource and source of hope for the future.”

NO PUBLIC HOLIDAY

The Pope also called on people of all religions to co-exist with peace and respect.

Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Kenya on Wednesday for a packed three-day visit that will see him meet with government officials and also conduct mass as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

After leaving Kenya, he will visit Uganda for two days before heading to the Central African Republic.

Meanwhile, State House Spokesperson, Mr Manoah Esipisu has said that there will be no public holiday during the Pope’s visit.

He however asked employers to give their employees flexible working hours to enable them attend the functions that the Pope will preside over during his stay in the country.

Follow this link to view the Pope’s special message to Kenyans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R4d2sK0th7Y