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Catholics celebrate Sr. Irene as Pope’s visit nears

02 November 2015, 21:29 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Hundreds of Catholic faithful over the weekend trooped Mathari Pastoral Centre in Nyeri to celebrate the first memorial feast of Blessed Sister Irene Nyaatha Stefani who was beatified on May 23.

A monstrance containing first class relics of the late Italian nun was installed at Mathari Central Chapel, where pilgrims will be able to view it and also present their intentions, prayers and wishes.

The monstrance was sent to Kenya last week by the Postulator of Nyaatha’s beatification in Rome, Father Gottardo Pasqualetti, and it will be installed on a wall in the Church which hosted the remains of the nun since 1996 when she was exhumed.

Read Also: Sister 'Nyaatha' moves towards sainthood in first ever such ceremony

Happiness rent the air in the venue which was filled to capacity, with a 600-member choir singing harmonious songs.

Nyeri Catholic Archbishop Peter Kairu conducted the church service, assisted by Archdiocese Coordinator of Liturgy Father Elias Mutahi, postulator of the Cause of Beatification in Kenya, Father Peter Githinji and other priests.

The service was held at a dias which was used during the May 23 beatification at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology grounds and using an altar which was used in the same ceremony.

Archbishop Kairu announced that the Pope's visit organising committee has confirmed that Pope Francis will use the altar-which is more than 100 years during a mass at the University of Nairobi grounds.

“There were requests for the Pope to visit Nyeri but he will have a very tight schedule, and instead, the altar which we used during Sister Nyaatha's beatification will be taken to Nairobi for Pope Francis to use it,” said Kairu.

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