Pope Francis in Kenya: Pontiff pleas for “peace and reconciliation”

Pope Francis in Kenya
Pope Francis called for 'peace and reconcilliation'

On Thursday (26 November), Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the University of Nairobi campus attended by tens of thousands of people who had waited in the rain from the early hours of the morning.

During the Mass, the Pope made a plea for traditional values and urged Kenyans to work for peace and reconciliation, amid a rise in militant violence.

Before the Mass, the Pontiff had met religious leaders from other faiths and other Christian denominations, who he said should be “prophets of peace” in a violent and hate-driven world.

He also said that God’s name “must never be used to justify hatred and violence” when referencing the attacks carried out by the militant Islamist group a-Shabaab.