Pope and Kenyan bishops pray for peace in election conflict
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The Kenya Episcopal Conference denounced the many acts of political violence after the reaction to disputed results and allegations of voting fraud in the national election.  The bishops joined the Pope in praying for peace in the country.

“We wish to make a passionate appeal to all Kenyans, men and women, old and youth, from all the political parties, and from all walks of life, to refrain from violence and from the senseless killing of our brothers and sisters!” the letter said.

The letter was signed by John Cardinal Njue, who was elevated to the cardinalate in November.  He was joined by two other archbishops and 21 bishops. 

Emphasizing the sanctity of life and the love of neighbor, the bishops said, “We have lived together for all these years as brothers and sisters. There is therefore no reason for us to raise our hand against our neighbor because he or she belongs to a different ethnic group or political affiliation. Life is Sacred! We all belong to one family of God.”

The bishops acknowledged allegations of “electoral malpractices,” but insisted violence was not the right response to alleged injustices.  They encouraged a peaceful resolution to the dispute through a commission that would audit and review poll results.  The bishops themselves offered to serve as mediators to resolve the conflict.

Kenyans, especially the young, were urged to refrain from violence, property destruction, and theft, and to encourage others to do the same.  The bishops exhorted Kenyans to share basic goods with those displaced by the violence and to pray for peace and for the victims of the violence.

Benedict XVI has also made an appeal for peace and dialogue in Kenya following recent violence in the wake of the country's presidential elections.

The Holy Father supported the stance by the bishops and assured them “of his prayers that this great tragedy will soon come to an end". He also expressed his closeness to the victims of the violence.

In his letter, Pope Benedict expressed his “heartfelt hope that this beloved nation, whose experience of social tranquility and development represents an element of stability in the entire troubled region, will banish as quickly as possible the threat of ethnic conflict".

The Pope pleaded “for an immediate end to acts of violence and fratricidal conflict" and issued an appeal to political leaders "to embark resolutely on the path of peace and justice”.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Liturgical Calendar

January 29, 2015

Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 4:1-20


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 4:1-20