Papal visit gives us a chance to reflect on where we went wrong

Pope Francis finally visited Kenya this week. Kenyans from all walks of life came out to welcome him.

For the first time in my generation, I saw Kenyans united for a cause; no divisions along tribal, political lines, nor were we dogged by other petty wrangles.

The Pope’s visit to Kenya could not have been more timely. He came at a time when the country was going through a trying moment with various leadership challenges threatening to grind the nation to halt.

At this time, one can only hope that divine intervention can help us get back on track.

His austere life and leadership style is worthy of emulation not only by our political and church leaders but Kenyans in general.

It is my prayer that Kenyans will use this opportunity to examine ourselves. We need to find out where we went wrong and try to trace our way back to the right path.

We need to live by respecting fellow human beings regardless of their social status, ethnic or political backgrounds.

We should care for the less privileged in society and endeavour to build a just and equitable society.

CHRIS JAKOBILO, Maseno University

The Pope’s mass at the University of Nairobi grounds offered a chance for sombre reflection, more so when one considers the soggy state of the grounds.

It was fitting that all our leaders and various high profile personalities were present for the mud had an epiphany; that all present — kings and commoners — would eventually return to the dust from whence we originated.

Brian Gakuo, Nairobi

The visit of Pope Francis to Kenya sends a huge message of humility to our flashy leaders.

His small modest car, which is not armoured, was a real show of humility, and a contrast to the Kenyan leaders’ motorcades.

Kenyan leaders should learn from his love for the poor, the young and for God.

It is our hope that the traits of Pope Francis will be emulated by our leaders.