President-elect of East African nation Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta has sent words of congratulation to the new pontiff, Pope Francis I.
Kenyatta, who himself is a catholic expressed his joy on the election of Argentine Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new leader of the over 1.2 billion-member church.
In his informal message via twitter, the newly elected said;
The values of the Catholic church; love for brother and love for service, reflected in our Anthem and Constitution have served the world well.
May you remain steadfast as you continue to champion those values that reminds us all what is important and what is eternal” .
Pope Francis I was elected on Wednesday after two unsuccessful attempts by the conclave to chose a new Pope following Pope Benedict XVI’s ‘retirement’.
He is the first pope from Argentina and indeed South America.