Pope Fran­cis to make his first visit to Africa

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD - — Reuters

Pope Fran­cis will meet slum dwellers and refugees and call for di­a­logue be­tween Chris­tians and Mus­lims when he vis­its Kenya, Uganda and the Cen­tral African Re­pub­lic next month, the Vat­i­can an­nounced Satur­day.

Since his elec­tion two years ago, Fran­cis has met the most needy dur­ing each of his 10 for­eign tours. In Nairobi, he will visit Kangemi, a slum that is home to 650,000 peo­ple.

The trip, his first to Africa, is fraught with se­cu­rity con­cerns. The pope will spend about two days in each coun­try.

Nairobi’s West­gate shop­ping mall was the scene of a four-day siege in Septem­ber 2013 that left at least 67 dead.

In April, mil­i­tants at­tacked Garissa Univer­sity Col­lege in east­ern Kenya, killing nearly 150 peo­ple, most of them Chris­tian. And scores were killed when vi­o­lence surged last month in Bangui, cap­i­tal of the Cen­tral African Re­pub­lic.

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