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Pope Francis (R) waters a plant next to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta during a ceremony at the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Day two in pictures: Pope Francis meets religious leaders, leads holy mass in Kenya
It’s Pope Francis’ second day in Africa. Today, he held ecumenical and interreligious meeting at Hall of the Apostolic Nunciature, Nairobi where he stressed the need for dialogue and understanding.
“…ecumenical and interreligious dialogue is not a luxury. It is not something extra or optional, but essential, something which our world, wounded by conflict and division, increasingly needs,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis said further: “In this light, and in an increasingly interdependent world, we see ever more clearly the need for interreligious understanding, friendship and collaboration in defending the God-given dignity of individuals and peoples, and their right to live in freedom and happiness.
“By upholding respect for that dignity and those rights, the religions play an essential role in forming consciences, instilling in the young the profound spiritual values of our respective traditions, and training good citizens, capable of infusing civil society with honesty, integrity and a world view which values the human person over power and material gain.”
His Holiness also led a Holy Mass at the University of Nairobi. In his homily, Pope Francis appealed to the young people of Kenya: “Let the great values of Africa’s traditions, the wisdom and truth of God’s word, and the generous idealism of your youth guide you in working to shape a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity.”
He prayed: “May you always be concerned for the needs of the poor, and reject everything that leads to prejudice and discrimination, for these things, we know, are not of God.”
Everyone was searched, even nuns. Kenya had promised to ensure the pope’s visit is peaceful.
The Pope also met with Clergy, Men and Women Religious and Seminarians.