Turning to the youth, Bishop Mwongela encouraged them to take active roles in building the nation saying, “You are a blessing to the world. You are indeed the present of humanity. Take a role to build the nation.”
“The Church needs you. I call upon you young ones to listen to Jesus who calls and the one who called the first disciples. Abandon everything and follow Jesus. Priests chose to abandon everything and follow Jesus. Join us to serve the Lord,” he said addressing himself to young people.
He encouraged couple to “love one another as Christ loves the Church (and) enjoy marriage and parenthood.”
The August 29 event was attended by, among others dignitaries, members of the Kenya Catholic Bishops Conference (KCCB), the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya, Archbishop Bert van Megen, the Governors of Kitui, Machakos and Makueni counties, and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Devolution who represented the country’s President.
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In his message, President Uhuru Kenyatta made known his commitment to working with “the Church even more closely to promote the continued partnership between the State and the Church in fostering and embedding national values and ethos in Kenya’s national consciousness and way of life.”
The Head of State also urged the Church leadership in Kenya to “never shy away from playing its rightful role as the conscience of the nation and the reservoir of sacred values, norms and ethics.”