1.4 million Kenyans to attend Pope Francis officiated mass

Pope Francis will visit Kenya on his first trip to Africa as 1.4 million people are expected to attend mass officiated by Pope Francis

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Pope Francis waves during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican.

Updated Nov 9, 2015

At least 1.4 million Kenyans are expected to participate in a mass officiated by Pope Francis, when he visits Kenya, the Catholic Church and Kenyan authorities reported on Sunday.

Pope will visit Kenya on Nov. 25 to 27, in his first visit to Africa. He is expected to talk about strengthening family ties, tolerance on ethnicity and inclusivity, the Presidential spokesman Manoah Esipsu said.

The pope will also talk about climate change, while he meets with diplomats at the UN Environment Program headquarters in the Gigiri part of Nairobi, a few days ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris, said Esipisu.

Security personnel will include 10,000 police officers and an additional 10,000 members of the National Youth Service Corps for crowd control.

Kenya is suffering from terror attacks carried out by Al Shabab militants, since it joined the regional coalition, in the fight against the Al Shabab insurgency.

During the attacks, non-Muslims have been targeted and Christian churches have been attacked.

Pope Francis will continue his official visit in Africa by visiting Uganda and the Central African Republic on Nov. 28 through 30.

Pope deplores Vatican leaks

Pope Francis vowed on Sunday to continue with his reforms within the Catholic Church, while condemning “deplorable” leaks over Vatican’s uncontrolled spending.

The pope, speaking for the first time on the arrest of an Italian PR expert and a Spanish priest, on the allegation of stealing and leaking classified documents to the media and exposing the pope’s anger with his aides over financial recklessness.

"I want to assure you that this sad fact will not prevent me from the reforms which will proceed with my collaborators and the backing of you all," he said after Angelus prayers, in regards to the leaks.

Francis has pledged to continue with his reforms within the Vatican to tackle uncontrolled spending.

"I know that many of you are perturbed by the recent news on the secret documents of the Holy See which were taken and published," he said.

"Publishing these documents was an error," he added. "It was a deplorable act which does not help."

Leaks resulted in two books being published and has been an embarrassment for the Catholic Church.

Gianluigi Nuzzi, the author of one of the books had said that "revealing the secrets can only serve those who are seeking transparency, the first objective of the pope."

Nuzzi's new book has escalated painful memories of the 2012 "Vatileaks" scandal concerning documents revealed to the media by the butler of then-pope Benedict XVI.

In the following year, Benedict retired and Nuzzi played a central role in breaking the story. 

TRTWorld and agencies