Travelling to Africa with joy
· Francis 11th international visit begins in Kenya ·
Pope Francis has arrived in Africa. His flight landed in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday, 25 November, just before 4:30 pm Kenya time. This is the first stop on the Holy Father's 11th international visit, in which he will also travel to Uganda and the Central African Republic.
On Wednesday morning, the Pope tweeted: “Mungu abariki Kenya! God bless Kenya!”. On the flight, the Pope spoke briefly to the 74 journalists on board: “I am going with joy to see Kenyans, Ugandans and our brothers of the Central African Republic. I thanks you all for what you are about to do so that this visit may give the best fruit”.
Before leaving the Santa Marta Residence in the Vatican, the Pope was greeted by 11 women and six children from a shelter for victims of domestic violence and forced prostitution. Located in Lazio, the shelter is run by a religious congregation. Accompanying the women — who come from Italy, Nigeria, Romania and Ukraine — were Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, and Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Papal Almoner.
The evening before, on Tuesday, 24 November, Francis went to the Basilica of St Mary Major – as he always does before his visits – to entrust his visit to the protection of Salus Populi Romani.
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