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Pope Francis in Kenya – Day 1

Early this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis received in audience a group of women and children from a Refuge House for victims of domestic violence and trafficking. Afterwards he departed for Rome’s Fiumicino airport where he left on an apostolic journey to Africa (summary video). While in the air, he sent messages to the heads of state of the nations he flew over (full text). Also while flying, Pope Francis had a brief press conference (full text).

After approximately seven hours in the air, he touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was greeted by Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Archbishop of Nairobi Cardinal John Njue, and other officials (full video, summary video).

Pope Francis then traveled to the State House in Nairobi where he met with the Kenyan president, they exchanged gifts, and addressed a gathering of diplomats there (full text, full video, summary video). Afterwards, he traveled by popemobile to the local Apostolic Nunciature for the night.

Of messages, Pope Francis sent message to Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, his Special Envoy to the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the city of Cumaná, Venezuela (full text in Latin).

Today Pope Francis also made several appointments, and sent a tweet:

Mungu abariki Kenya! God bless Kenya! (link)

In Pope Francis related news, there are several websites which have been built to promote this particular journey of Pope Francis’ through Africa: www.popeinkenya.or.ke, popeinuganda.org, twitter.com/popeinuganda (summary video).

And that’s the Pope Francis news for the day!