Pope Francis is expected in Kenya on November 25

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Nairobi: November 7, 2015. (Kevin Wachira) The country continues to prepare for the historic papal visit that is barely three weeks away.

Construction of the altar to be used by the pontiff when he presides over a holy mass at the University of Nairobi grounds is at an advanced stage. Both the government and the Catholic Church are overseeing the preparations and have called on all Kenyans to welcome this special visitor. The pope is scheduled to preside over a Holy Mass at the University of Nairobi grounds on November 25, where the multitude is expected to be the largest. The government in collaboration with the Catholic Church is setting up an altar at the university grounds which has ample space to accommodate thousands of worshippers. According to acting Lands and Housing Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, the altar will be monumental after the visit. At St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kangemi, the pope will meet and share a meal with over one thousand Kenyans living in informal settlements. Chairman of Catholic Bishops’ Philip Anyolo says the choice of Kangemi illustrates the need to reach out to all classes of people. The papal visit comes at a time when increased political acrimony is being witnessed across the country. In a statement to the newsroom, the Catholic Church is calling for an end to the incessant name calling among politicians, an end to the inciting remarks and ethnic undertones as well as national prayers for sanctification. During the visit, Pope Francis will address youth from across the country at Kasarani Stadium. State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu Sunday confirmed that the pontiff will be received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by President Uhuru Kenyatta together with the Head of the Catholic Church in Kenya Cardinal John Njue. In his three day visit the pope will also address the catholic community at St. Mary’s school. The historic visit is viewed as a milestone for Kenya, having had the privilege of hosting the Pope on three previous occasions.

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