Pope calls on politicians to work for the common good

Pope Francis doing his trademark wave to Kenyans welcoming and entertaining him at the airport

Pope Francis doing his trademark wave to Kenyans welcoming and entertaining him at the airport

In his address to the Kenyan people at State House in Nairobi, Wednesday evening, Pope Francis appealed to leaders to transparently work towards the common good.

The Pope’s message was timely given the fact that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration is currently embroiled in a corruption crisis that is threatening to derail the entire government agenda.

“I encourage you to work with integrity and transparency for the common good, and to foster a spirit of solidarity,” Pope Francis told Kenyan politicians.

The Holy Father also urged the authorities in Kenya and Africa to seriously address issues of poverty and the environment because they are believed to breed violence and conflict.

“There is a clear link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order,” Pope Francis said adding “Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration.

Welcoming the Pope to Kenya, President Kenyatta took an opportunity to ask the pontiff to pray for him as he leads the fight against run away corruption.

Pope Francis, 78 year-old leader of the more one billion Catholics around the world arrived Kenya Wednesday and was warmly welcomed by President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta along with high ranking government officials, members of the clergy, traditional dancers and huge crowds of people of all walks of life.

From Kenya, Pope Francis will visit Uganda Friday and Saturday before winding up his Africa tour in the Central African Republic on November 3oth.

The Kenyan government declared Thursday November 26, a public holiday in honour of Pope Francis but some atheist groups in Kenya have petitioned the Supreme Court challenging the decision.

Despite elevated security concerns associated with his visit, and fears of terrorist attacks around the world the Pope joked the only thing he was worried about on his trip was mosquitoes.