, 10 January, 2020 / 4:04 AM
Kenyan-born Franciscan Friar who was voted world’s best teacher in March 2019 had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican Wednesday, January 8 during which the two shared mutual prayer intentions.
The Franciscan Friar, Br. Peter Tabichi, took to his Twitter account, disclosing the encounter he had just had with the Holy Father.
“During the meeting at Santa Marta in Rome he (Pope Francis) told me, ‘Pray for me, brother!’ I too replied, ‘Pray for us and all the teachers’,” the Franciscan Friar Twitted.
In the Tweet, the 38-year-old Religious Brother said he “was inspired by the great humility of” the Holy Father and later shared with ACI Prensa how impressed he was with the attention and humility of the Holy Father toward him.
According to a report, the Holy Father and the Franciscan friar “held discussions over the role of the teacher in society.”
Sharing with ACI Prensa correspondent at the Vatican, Br. Tabichi recalled the award he received last March in recognition of his work in upholding education and promoting the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and expressed his desire to go beyond his native country.
"As a teacher, I seek to have a positive impact not only in my country, but across Africa," he said.
A native of Kenya’s Kisii diocese, the Franciscan Friar was the first religious brother to address United Nation (UN) general assembly, was named the 2019 UN in Kenya person of the year, was appointed the Dettol Soap hero brand ambassador for 2020 and most recently received presidential award Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) at Kenya’s State House.
“May the new year be filled with new hope, new joy and new beginnings,” the science teacher concluded his January 8 Tweet that has been shared widely.
Br. Tabichi who was in Rome since Sunday, January 5 returned to Kenya Thursday evening, January 9.
ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.
Father Don Bosco Onyalla
Editor-in-Chief, ACI Africa