His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, His Grace Zacchaeus Okoth, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Barbara and Msgr. Javier Herrera Corona receives the new Nuncio at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, His Excellency Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo.

The new Pope’s Representative arrived in Kenya on Friday 12th April 2013 at 6.00.am. via plane. He was received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, the Archbishop of Kisumu, Most Rev. Zacchaeus Okoth, the Bishop of Malindi, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Barbara, KCCB Secretary General, Very Rev. Fr. Vincent Wambugu and the Charge D’ Affairs at the Apostolic Nunciature to Kenya, Msgr. Javier Herrera Corona.

In his remarks, at the airport, the Nuncio praised the New Pontiff, Pope Francis for his values and lifestyle, modelled after St. Francis, who lived a humble, simple life. The Pope’s appointment has generated a lot of excitement around the world.

Archbishop Balvo said he had met Pope Francis before embarking on his maiden trip to Kenya to take up his appointment. “The Holy Father gave me great words of encouragement. What he seeks from all of us are prayers and support so that he can carry on his mission,” he said.

Talking about his appointment as the Pope’s representative to Kenya, Archbishop Balvo said, “I feel honoured and privileged to represent the Holy Father in Kenya.” “I’m happy to see His Eminence and the bishops here this morning. I will spend the next days observing and listening in order to understand the Church in Kenya and aftewards plan on how to proceed in my work in the country,” he added.

His Eminence John Cardinal Njue pointed out that the coming of the new Nuncio was an important occasion for the Catholic Church in Kenya. “The country has been waiting anxiously for this day of days. This day is also special in that it is coming at a time when the bishops are having their Plenary Assembly. I hope His Excellency can find time to meet the bishops during their meetings,” he said.

Archbishop Okoth invited the Nuncio to enjoy the beauty of Kenya as he visited the dioceses where the Catholic fraternity will be glad to welcome him. “Your coming here makes us feel that the Church in Kenya is not isolated. Seeing you today reminds us of the unity of the Universal Church,” he said.