Pope Francis arrives in Kenya

Pope Francis arrives in Nairobi, Kenyan capital city as first step of his African tour

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Pope Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic as part of his five-day trip to Africa

Pope Francis arrived in Kenyan capital city of Nairobi on Wednesday as the first step of his African tour that will take 5 days.

The 78-year-old pontiff is also scheduled to visit Uganda and strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) after Kenya, before flying back to Rome on Monday.

More than 10,000 police will be deployed in both the Kenyan and Ugandan capitals after the recent attacks in Paris.

His last destination of the tour, Central African Republic (CAR) could be shortened or cancelled depending on security conditions in the country, that has been circled by religious conflict over the last three years.

In his first day in Kenya, the Pope will have two meetings, firstly with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House in Nairobi then with authorities of Kenya and the Diplomatic Corps.

Francis is the third pope to visit Africa where 16% of the world's Catholics had lived by 2012. 

Paul VI became the first pope to visit Africa when he visited Uganda in 1969 and John Paul II, visited a total of 42 countries in the continent, he was therefore named ‘’The African’’.


TRTWorld and agencies