Kenya: Cardinal Calls for Peace During Elections

Nairobi — As Kenyans approach the General Elections slated for March 4, the Catholic Church continues to urge them to ensure that peace will prevail before, during and after the elections.

On December 29, while pressing over a colorful ordination ceremony at Saint Mary's play Ground, Msongari, Nairobi, John cardinal Njue, head of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, urged Kenyans to continue to pray for peace during and after the elections.

"We need to put ourselves and the country in the hands of God through prayers. It would be sad if we allowed what the country witnessed in the aftermath of the country's 2007 General Elections to resurface," said Cardinal Njue

During the occasion, the Cardinal, assisted by Auxiliary Bishop David Kamau and scores of priests, ordained seven deacons into priesthood and elevated nine seminarians to deacon hood.

The seven newly ordained priests belong to the Archdiocese of Nairobi and have already been assigned various pastoral duties in the Archdiocese.

Cardinal Njue urged political leaders to be truthful always as they went about their political campaigns.

"You should avoid speaking publicly on issues that will divide rather than unite the people during your political campaigns," the Cardinal urged the politicians.

The Cardinal also urged the people to ensure that they were not misled by the politicians.

"Weigh their words as they speak to you. Take what is truthful and disregard lies," stressed the Cardinal.

The Cardinal urged the newly ordained priests to join the vineyard with an open heart of service to the people of God.

"Do not look back as you go about in serving God among His people," he further advised them.

The Cardinal thanked the parents of the newly ordained priests and of those he had elevated to deacons, for allowing their children to join religious life.

Observing that the Kingdom of God was still in great need of workers, cardinal Njue urged the Catholic parents to continue to entice their children to the religious life.

"By so doing, the Kingdom of God will continue to witness fruitful religious vocations among young men and women in our society," he concluded.

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