Nairobi, 03 May, 2021 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).
Kenya government’s declaration of the site where Pope Francis presided over public Holy Mass during his 2015 visit to the country as a national monument has been welcomed by the Catholic Bishops in the East African nation, terming it an honor to the Church and the Holy Father.
In the Kenya Gazette notice Number 40114 of April 30, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Sports, Heritage and Culture, Amina Mohamed, declared the “building known University of Nairobi Papal Dias and the surrounding compound” a national monument.
Considered to be “of historical interest”, the Kenyan CS stated in the notice, would be protected.
Speaking to ACI Africa Monday, May 3, the General Secretary of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Fr. Ferdinand Lugonzo, said that the gazettement of the 2015 Papal Dias “shows the honor that the government has given to the Holy Father.”
“It means that that it remains in the memories of the present and future generations of this country that Pope Francis visited the country and we want to relive those memories by protecting the Holy place where he celebrated (Holy) Mass for the nation,” Fr. Lugonzo said.