The people of Kenya have been reminded to elect men and women who prioritise dialogue in campaigning for votes and who treat other people’s ideas with due consideration and respect.
Kenyans are expected to vote for a president, governors, senators and other representatives on on 8 August, this year.
According to the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, Pope Francis encourages dialogue even in the most difficult of situations. The Nuncio added that this dialogue is born from an attitude of respect for the other person and a conviction that the other person has something good to say. The Nuncio was speaking, this week, at his Niarobi residence during a ceremony to mark Pope Francis’ fourth anniversary as the Pontiff,
“Pope Francis’ wish is that dialogue should help to build bridges between all peoples, in such a way that everyone can see in the other not an enemy, not a rival, but a brother or sister to be welcomed and embraced,” Archbishop Balvo said
Speaking on the same occasion, the Bishop of Homabay and Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Philip Anyolo highlighted Pope Francis’ important statements on human life and solidarity with the poor.
“My view on the Holy Father’s messages is that humanity should be embraced by all. When humanity wins a battle, liberty naturally manifests,” Bishop Anyolo said
Bishop Anyolo expressed his appreciation to Pope Francis for his love towards Kenyans. He invited Kenyans to pray for the Holy Father, that God grants him good health and wisdom to guide the universal Church.
Kenya's Catholic Bishops graced the anniversary celebrations. Also in attendance were Kenya’s first lady, Margaret Kenyatta; government officials, diplomats, the clergy, religious and representatives from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
(By Rose Achiego in Nairobi)