The Papal Altar at the University of Nairobi will soon be gazetted and preserved as a historical site. The negotiations are underway to have the site preserved for its historical significance and to be managed by the Government of Kenya, the University of Nairobi and the Museum of Kenya.
His Eminence Cardinal Njue took the opportunity to thank the University of Nairobi for having availed the ground for the Papal Mass, on November, 26, 2015. Cardinal Njue recalled the Papal message of peace, urging the young people to be people of integrity, cherish the African values and disown corruption. He noted that the Papal Altar should be a historical site, for the remembrance of the Papal coming.
Going forward, the historical monument will be strengthened and repairs done.
Dr. Mzalendo Kibunja, Managing Director, Museums of Kenya, noted that the Museum of Kenya will preserve the Papal Altar, as part of collective memories of Kenyans. It will be used as a venue where Kenyans can congregate and discuss difficult issues of national importance.
On his part the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, noted that the Papal Altar will be handed over to the University by the Government of Kenya and will be managed by the Chaplaincy. The Altar will be used as a centre of interreligious activities. The structure will be used for religious visits, student meetings, reconciliation meetings, discussions, conferences, functions as approved by the University Chaplaincy and as guided by Conference of Catholic Bishops.
A Memorandum of Understanding, MoU will be signed between the Conference of Catholic Bishops and the University of Nairobi, Chaplaincy Office on how to use the facility.