President Kenyatta to attend Sister Stefani’s beatification mass
22 May 2015, 09:20
Nyeri - President Uhuru Kenyatta will be among high dignitaries attending beatification ceremony of an Italian Catholic nun, Sister Irene Stefani ‘Nyaatha’ this Saturday in Nyeri County.
The Head of State is expected to attend the beatification mass at Dedan Kimathi University grounds where about 300 000 pilgrims including international guests are expected, event organizers have said.
The ceremony will be presided over by a Pope's representative and other cardinals.
Organizers of the international event led by Father in charge of the resource mobilization, Francis Mukundi confirmed that the President will be among the guests who will be in attendance.
While briefing the media, Nyeri County Executive Secretary of Transport, John Maina said Nyeri-Nyahururu road will be closed due to the huge crowd which will be moving to Kimathi university and motorists will be allowed to use other routes.
In Nyeri town, the busy Gakere and Kimathi streets will also be closed on Saturday and Sunday for traders selling their wares along the streets to allow free movement of pilgrims who will be in town.
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On Sunday, a mass will be held at St Mary's Boys High School and Our Lady of Consolata Cathedral Church.
The event starts Friday afternoon at Gikondi in Mukurwe-ini where vehicles will only have one entry and later exit at Gakindu-Othaya road.
According to Father Mukundi, the pilgrims will later have overnight vigil prayers at Gikondi Catholic parish before attending beatification mass at Kimathi University on Saturday.
The pilgrims will later hold a night vigil Saturday at Mathari Catholic shrine.
Sunday will be the day the relics of Sister Irene Stefani will be moved in a procession from Mathari to St Mary's Boys, a 10-kilometre distance, before interring her remains at Our Lady of Consolata Church.
Pilgrims will park at Ruring’u stadium, St Lourdes School, Nyeri Baptist, Wambugu Farm, Kabiru-ini ASK grounds and Ruring’u stadium, according to Central regional Traffic Officer coordinator Samuel Bore.
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