Pope Francis to make his first visit to Africa
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.