Pope Francis has warned against religious intolerance in the world and radicalization of the youth using religion.
Speaking during an intereligious meeting held at the Apostolic Nunciature ,Lavingtone ,Nairobi Pope Francis urged the clergy in the country to guide and instill morals to Kenyans to avert radicalization and religious discord which in turn might be detrimental to the Kenyan society.
“Barbarous attacks on Westgate Mall, Garissa University College and Mandera are fresh in your minds.Young people are being radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear, and to tear at the very fabric of our societies. How important it is that we be seen as prophets of peace, peace makers”Pope said.
He said that there is need to stop religious intolerance in the world stressing importance of conviction to serve God of peace adding that His holy Name should never be used to justify hatred and violence.
He said that the democratic space and pluralism in the country should be upheld for intereligious and civil society sustainability whose responsibility is to instill spiritual values among young people for common good.
Pope calls for religious tolerance after France and Mali were attacked by Islamic militants in just over the last two weeks where over hundred people lost their lives and scores injured.
After Pope’s visit in Kenya and Uganda he will also visit Central African Republic , a war torn country that has been rocked by
political and intereligious conflicts.
“As people of one God and of this world we must stand up and in unison, clasp hands together in all the things that are essential for our collective progress,” he said.