Pope’s Programme

Pope Francis In Kenya
Pope Francis will make a historic visit to Africa from the 25th-30th November, 2015. He will arrive in the country on 25th November, 2015, 1700hrs at The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The three-day papal visit will be a milestone for Kenya, having had the privilege of hosting the Pope on three previous occasions. Pope John Paul II visited Kenya in 1980, 1985 and 1995.
During his visit, Pope Francis will celebrate mass with Kenyans and hold various meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta, religious leaders, the youth, members of the diplomatic Corp and spend time with less fortunate members of society.Pope Francis will be in Kenya for three days before departing to Uganda and thereafter the Central African Republic.
Please find the detailed itinerary herein attached.
  • 07:45 Departure from Fiumicino airport, Rome for Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 17:00 Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi.
Welcome Ceremony at State House, Nairobi.
  • 18:00 Courtesy call & discussions with President of the Republic of Kenya at State House, Nairobi
  • 18:30 Meeting with Kenyan authorities and members of the diplomatic corp. (Discourse of the Holy Father)
  • 08:15 INTER-RELIGIOUS and ECUMENICAL MEETING at the Apostolic Nunciature in Nairobi. (Discourse of the Holy Father)
  • 10:00 PUBLIC MASS at the University of Nairobi grounds.
    (Homily of the Holy Father)
  • 15:45 Meeting with clergy, Priest, Nuns and seminarists at St. Mary’s School Nairobi, Sports grounds. (Discourse of the Holy Father)
  • 17:30 Visit to UNEP/UNON (Discourse of the Holy Father)
  • 08:30 Visit to Kangemi Slum, Nairobi (Discourse of the Holy Father)
  • 10:00 Meeting with the Youth of Kenya, at Kasarani Stadium Nairobi.
    (Discourse of the Holy Father)
  • 11:15 MEETING WITH KENYAN BISHOPS (Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops) in VIP lounge at Kasarani Stadium.
  • 15:10 FAREWELL CEREMONY at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  • 15:30 Departure for Entebbe International airport in Entebbe, Uganda.

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Address of His Holiness Pope Francis during the Ecumenical and Interreligious Meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature, Nairobi


Dear Friends,
I am grateful for your presence this morning and for the opportunity to share these moments of reflection with you.  In a particular way, I wish to thank Archbishop Wabukala and Professor El-Busaidy for their words of welcome offered on your behalf, and on behalf of their communities.  It is always important to me that, when I come to visit the Catholic faithful of a local Church, I have an occasion to meet the leaders of other Christian communities and religious traditions.  It is my hope that our time together may be a sign of the Church’s esteem for the followers of all religions; may it strengthen the bonds of friendship which we already enjoy.

To be honest, this relationship is challenging; it makes demands of us.  Yet ecumenical and interreligious dialogue is not a luxury.  It is not something extra or optional, but essential, something which our world, wounded by conflict and division, increasingly needs.
Indeed, religious beliefs and practice condition who we are and how we understand the world around us.  They are for us a source of enlightenment, wisdom and solidarity, and thus enrich the societies in which we live.  By caring for the spiritual growth of our communities, by forming minds and hearts in the truths and values taught by our religious traditions, we become a blessing to the communities in which our people live.  In democratic and pluralistic societies like Kenya, cooperation between religious leaders and communities becomes an important service to the common good.

In this light, and in an increasingly interdependent world, we see ever more clearly the need for interreligious understanding, friendship and collaboration in defending the God-given dignity of individuals and peoples, and their right to live in freedom and happiness.  By upholding respect for that dignity and those rights, the religions play an essential role in forming consciences, instilling in the young the profound spiritual values of our respective traditions, and training good citizens, capable of infusing civil society with honesty, integrity and a world view which values the human person over power and material gain.

Here I think of the importance of our common conviction that the God whom we seek to serve is a God of peace.  His holy Name must never be used to justify hatred and violence.  I know that the barbarous attacks on Westgate Mall, Garissa University College and Mandera are fresh in your minds.  All too often, young people are being radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear, and to tear at the very fabric of our societies.  How important it is that we be seen as prophets of peace, peacemakers who invite others to live in peace, harmony and mutual respect!  May the Almighty touch the hearts of those who engage in this violence, and grant his peace to our families and communities.
Dear friends, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, at which the Catholic Church committed herself to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue in the service of understanding and friendship.  I wish to reaffirm this commitment, which is born of our conviction of the universality of God’s love and the salvation which he offers to all.  The world rightly expects believers to work together with people of good will in facing the many problems affecting our human family.  As we look to the future, let us pray that all men and women will see themselves as brothers and sisters, peacefully united in and through our differences.  Let us pray for peace!
I thank you for your attention, and I ask Almighty God to grant to you and your communities his abundant blessings

Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis at the University of Nairobi

God’s word speaks to us in the depths of our heart.  Today God tells us that we belong to him.  He made us, we are his family, and he will always be there for us.  “Fear not”, he says to us, “I have chosen you and I promise to give you my blessing” (cf. Is 44:2).

We hear this promise in today’s first reading.  The Lord tells us that in the desert he will pour forth water on the thirsty land; he will cause the children of his people to flourish like grass and luxuriant willows.  We know that this prophecy was fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  But we also see it fulfilled wherever the Gospel is preached and new peoples become members of God’s family, the Church.  Today we rejoice that it was fulfilled in this land.  Through the preaching of the Gospel, you too became part of the great Christian family.
Isaiah’s prophecy invites us to look to our own families, and to realize how important they are in God’s plan.  Kenyan society has long been blessed with strong family life, a deep respect for the wisdom of the elderly and love for children.  The health of any society depends on the health of its families.  For their sake, and for the good of society, our faith in God’s word calls us to support families in their mission in society, to accept children as a blessing for our world, and to defend the dignity of each man and woman, for all of us are brothers and sisters in the one human family.

In obedience to God’s word, we are also called to resist practices which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn.  We are called to respect and encourage one another, and to reach out to all those in need.  Christian families have this special mission: to radiate God’s love, and to spread the life-giving waters of his Spirit.  This is especially important today, for we are seeing the growth of new deserts created by a culture of materialism and indifference to others.

The Lord makes us another promise in today’s readings.  As the Good Shepherd who guides us on the paths of life, he promises to make us dwell in his own house for days unending (cf. Ps 23:6).  Here too, we see his promise fulfilled in the life of the Church.  In Baptism, he leads us beside restful waters and revives our soul; in Confirmation he anoints us with the oil of spiritual joy and strength; and in the Eucharist, he prepares a table for us, the table of his own body and blood, for the salvation of the world.

We need these gifts of grace!  Our world needs these gifts!  Kenya needs these gifts!  They strengthen us in fidelity amid adversity, when we seem to be walking “in the valley of the shadow of death”.  But they also change our hearts.  They make us more faithful disciples of the divine Master, vessels of mercy and loving kindness in a world wounded by selfishness, sin and division.  These are the gifts which God, in his providence, enables you, as men and women of faith, to contribute to the building up of your country in civil concord and fraternal solidarity.  In a particular way, they are gifts which must be shared with the young, who here, as elsewhere on this great continent, are the future of society.
Here, in the heart of this University, where the minds and hearts of new generations are being shaped, I appeal in a special way to the young people of the nation.  Let the great values of Africa’s traditions, the wisdom and truth of God’s word, and the generous idealism of your youth guide you in working to shape a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity.  May you always be concerned for the needs of the poor, and reject everything that leads to prejudice and discrimination, for these things, we know, are not of God.
All of us are familiar with Jesus’ parable about the man who built his house on sand, rather than rock.  When the winds came, it fell with a mighty crash (cf.Mt 7:24-27).  God is the rock on which we are called to build.  He tells us this in the first reading, and he asks us: “Is there a God besides me?” (cf. Is 44:8).
When the Risen Jesus says, in today’s Gospel, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Mt 28:18), he is telling us that he, the Son of God, is himself the rock.  There is none besides him.  As the one Saviour of mankind, he wishes to draw men and women of every time and place to himself, so that he can bring them to the Father.  He wants all of us to build our lives on the firm foundation of his word.
That is why, after his resurrection and at the moment of his return to the Father, Jesus gave his apostles the great missionary mandate which we heard in today’s Gospel: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”.

And that is the charge which the Lord gives to each of us.  He asks us to be missionary disciples, men and women who radiate the truth, beauty and life-changing power of the Gospel.  Men and women who are channels of God’s grace, who enable his mercy, kindness and truth to become the building blocks of a house that stands firm.  A house which is a home, where brothers and sisters at last live in harmony and mutual respect, in obedience to the will of the true God, who has shown us, in Jesus, the way to that freedom and peace for which all hearts long.
May Jesus, the Good Shepherd, the rock on whom we build our lives, guide you and your families in the way of goodness and mercy all the days of your lives.  May he bless all Kenyans with his peace.
“Stand strong in faith!  Do not be afraid!”  For you belong to the Lord.
Mungu awabariki!             (God bless you!)
Mungu abariki Kenya!         (God bless Kenya

Pope Francis Reception at State House, Nairobi

Receiving Pope Francis at State House, Nairobi during his maiden visit to Africa. #PopeInKenya
Posted by Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Receiving Pope Francis on his arrival at JKIA.

Receiving His Holiness Pope Francis on his arrival at JKIA. Karibu Kenya.
Posted by Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Magufuli apasua vichwa wasomi

WAKATI wananchi wengi wakipongeza hatua ya Rais Dk.
 John Magufuli kuelekeza pesa zilizochangwa kwa hafla ya kuzindua Bunge kununua vitanda
 katika Hospitali ya Taifa ya Muhimbili, wapinzani wake wanaeleza huo ni mwanzo wa kushindwa
 katika vita dhidi ya ufisadi.
Mjumbe wa Kamati Kuu ya Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) Profesa Mwesiga
 Baregu amesema hatua ya Rais Magufuli kupokea pesa hizo bila kuhoji malengo na msingi wa
 Mhimili huo wa kutunga sheria kuchangiwa fedha ni ishara ya wazi kuwa ameingia kwenye 
mtego wa ufisadi wa kimfumo.
“Bunge ni taasisi nyeti sana kuruhusu kuchagiwa pesa na watu ambao linapaswa kuwasimamia

, hizi taasisi za fedha zilizochangia zinaweza kujikuta zinatakiwa kuchunguzwa na Bunge, 
credibility yake itakuwa wapi. Angeuliza kwanza kwanini wamechangisha pesa hizo, nani 
anawajibika nazo?
“Kama anasimamia uadilifu hakupaswa kuchukua tu hela ambazo zimechangwa bila kujua 

dhamira za wachangiaji, huko tunakokwenda tunahitaji miswada ya kusimamia sekta ya 
fedha, sheria za kodi wanapolipia dhifa ya kwanza ya kufungua Bunge, huu ni mtego, 
kwani Bunge haliwezi kupewa uwezo wa kuchukua hazina kiasi kidogo hata kama ni shilingi 
milioni tano kufanya mambo yake, dignity (heshima) yetu iko wapi kama tuna Bunge omba 
omba na hatujui dhamira za wachangiaji?” alihoji Profesa Baregu.
Aliongeza kwamba huo ndiyo ufisadi wa kimfumo unaoitesa Tanzania, huku akiweka wazi kuwa

 anazofanya sasa Rais ni mbio za sakafuni kwa kuwa hawezi akadumu na hali hiyo.
“Mkapa (Benjamin, Rais wa awamu ya tatu) alianza na kasi kuliko hata hii, pamoja na juhudi
 kubwa za Mwalimu Nyerere, kumtangaza kuwa Mr. Clean, kuunda Tume ya Warioba kuhusu
 rushwa na kuwa na baraza aliloiita la askari wa miavuli, ameishia wapi, katika kipindi chake 
ndiyo kashfa nyingi za ufisadi zimeibuka. Simuoni kama atakuwa tofauti na watangulizi wake,” alisema.
Ni kama Nyerere
Wakati Profesa Baregu anayatazama mambo kwa jicho hilo mchambuzi wa masuala ya siasa 

nchini Dk. Charles Kitima ameliambia Raia Mwema kuwa Rais Magufuli, amejipambanua kuwa
 ni aina ya kiongozi anayeweza kutekeleza anayoyasema kutokana na rekodi yake ya utendaji.
Amemweleza Rais Magufuli kuwa ni kiongozi wa kipekee ambaye hotuba yake ya kuzindua
 Bunge imeonyesha ni jinsi gani anaweza kuunganika na wananchi masikini wa ngazi ya chini.
“Hotuba yake imegusa watu wa kawaida kabisa, kama zilivyokuwa hotuba za Mwalimu Nyerere,
 anasema kwa lugha inayotoka moyoni, pengine ni kwa sababu ameishi maisha ya kawaida, 
ndiyo maana ameweza kuwavutia wengi,” alisema Dk. Kitima.
Aliongeza kwamba ingawa hotuba za mwanzo za viongozi ni kujaribu kuwaaminisha wananchi

 kwamba atatekeleza ahadi zake alizoahidi wakati wa kampeni, utekelezaji wa ahadi hizo 
hutegemea aina ya kiongozi husika.
Katika hotuba yake ya ufunguzi wa Bunge pamoja na mambo mengine aliwekea umuhimu 
suala la kubana matumizi ya serikali ili fedha zinazookolewa zielekezwe kwenye huduma za
Ili kuonyesha alivyodhamiria kulitekeleza hilo, juzi Jumatatu, Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi, Balozi 
Ombeni Sefue, alisema Rais Magufuli ameagiza kufutwa kwa sherehe za uhuru ili watu 
watumie siku hiyo kufanya kazi ya usafi.
“Hatuwezi kusherehekea miaka 54 ya Uhuru huku tukiendelea kusumbuliwa na ugonjwa wa
 kipindupindu unaoweza kuzuilika kwa kufanya usafi tu. Hii ni kejeli kwa taifa huru kwa zaidi
 ya miaka 50.
“Wakuu wa Mikoa, Wilaya na Wakurugenzi wa Halmashauri wameagizwa kununua vifaa vya
 kufanyia usafi ili siku hiyo tuiadhimishe kwa utaratibu maalumu wa kupambana na 
kipindupindu,” alisema Balozi Sefue.
Akizunngumzia hotuba hiyo, aliyekuwa mtia nia ya kuwania urais kupitia CCM, Williamu 

Ngereja alisema hotuba hiyo ya Rais Magufuli ni mwanzo mpya kwa taifa.
“Hotuba ya Rais Magufuli ni mwongozo sahihi kwa taifa letu kufikia malengo ya kuwa na
 uchumi wa kati ifikapo mwaka 2025. Kama wananchi wanataka mabadiliko ya kweli, kama
 walivyoonyesha kwenye kampeni, kila mtu anapaswa kumuunga mkono,” alisema Ngeleja.


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