AFRICA BRACING FOR POPE FRANCIS VISIT

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From Nov. 25 to 30, 2015, Africans will be very excited to welcome Pope Francis whose visit to the continent is the first one since he entered the papacy in 2013. On his schedule, the Catholic leader will visit the Central African Republic, Uganda and Kenya.Pope’s visit to Africa comes after the pontiff visited Cuba last September where he toured Havana, Holguin and Santiago. After Cuba, Pope Francis visited the United States where hundreds of thousands of residents and Catholic believers from cities like Washington DC, New York City and Philadelphia expressed their joy and love to the pope.

Once in Kenya, the pontiff will meet ecumenical and interfaith leaders, before he heads to Kangemi slum in the outskirts of Nairobi. The Catholic leader expects to also visit the United Nations office in Nairobi, government officials, members of diplomatic corps, the State House, and of course, the Head of State, Uhuru Kenyatta.

It is believed that the pope will comfort Kenyans who have been victims of terrorist attacks last April where 67 people lost their lives at the Westgate shopping mall.

In Uganda, the pope will pay tribute to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic Ugandan martyrs killed for their faith under King Mwanga II between 1885 and 188. He is also expected to pronounce a sermon in remembrance of the martyrs of Uganda near the Catholic shrine.

The pontiff will wrap up his visit in the Republic of Central Africa where he is expected to visit a refugee camp and hold a meeting with Evangelical Christians. Later, the Catholic leader will visit a Mosque located in the capital city of Bangui, the national’s capital of central of Africa Republic. Predominantly Christian, Central Africa Republic has subject of endless violence since Muslim rebels seized power March 2013 forcing people to flee their homes. Uganda police spokesperson told the Guardian “they will be very vigilant.” Despite the last tragedy in Paris, Africans, Catholics and Christians seem ready to welcome to the Pope.

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