Thursday, August 18, 2022

President Uhuru visits Vatican, meets Pope Francis

President Uhuru Kenyatta has began his official visit to Vatican where the Head of State met his Holiness Pope Francis.

Pope Francis who head the Catholic church in the world accompanied the President who was welcomed with an Apostolic guard of honour by the Swiss Guard manning the palace.

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“Upon his arrival at the official Papal residence shortly after 10am Central European Time, President Kenyatta was accorded a full Apostolic Palace State reception including a guard of honour mounted by the Swiss Guards.” said State House.

The over 135 guards are said to be highly trained and drawn from Switzerland tasked with the responsibility of protecting the palace.

Present at the visit was Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo who witnessed a private meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Pope Francis. They then met Bishop Pietro Parolin who is the Secretary of State of the Holy See for bilateral talks.

Issued discussed ranged from health, education, security and peace in addition to the current COVID-19 pandemic rocking the world.

“After the formal State reception ceremonies, President Kenyatta proceeded for a private audience with Pope Francis before leading the lean Kenyan delegation for bilateral talks with their hosts led by Cardinal Bishop Pietro Parolin.” said State House.

By forging matters to do with health, the country and the President will be fulfilling the big four agenda of health and the current roll out of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

President Uhuru Kenyatta has made history by becoming the first Kenyan Head of State to visit the Pope since joining diplomatic ties in 1965. In total, Kenya has hosted three Papal visits in 1980.1985 and 1995.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu who was part of the President’s envoy praised the Head of State as she noted how Pope Francis values the country at large.

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