Sainthood for Nyerere?

DAR ES SALAAM - Roman Catholic bishops here have started a process that could lead to the canonization of the late Dr Julius Nyerere who ruled first Tanganyika and then Tanzania between 1961-1985 and who many people regard as one of the greatest African leaders who has ever lived. Leaders of the cou

ntry’s powerful Catholic Church launched the search for canonization on January 21, says ENI, the Geneva-based agency. It started with a dawn Mass led by Cardinal Polycarp Pengo at President Nyerere’s birthplace at Butiama in the Musoma Diocese on the shares of Lake Victoria. The agency quoted the Rev Ed Hayes, a missionary from Musoma saying: “Many of us knew Mwalimu (TheTeacher in Swahili) as a very dedicated Christian. “He led his country in love, justice and peace and had great concern for the poor and the suffering. He sought nothing for himself but gave his life for others as Jesus asked us to do.” ENI reports that the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome has given Nyerere the title of “Servant of God” to signify the beginning of a process that is likely to take many years. – Trevor Grundy

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