Facts about the Pope’s Visit to Kenya

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The Pope’s visit to Kenya will be exactly 20 years after Pope St. John Paul II was in the country. This Apostolic visit to Nairobi, is part of his journey through three African countries from 25th to 30th November.

In addition to his pastoral duties, the Pope is also expected to meet and address key national leaders in the countries he will visit.

Pope Francis Itinerary

Pope Francis’ first trip to Africa will take him to Nairobi, Kampala and Bangui. He will be in Nairobi from 25th to 27th November. The Pope’s visit to Kenya has not only attracted the attention of the about 7.5 million Catholic faithfuls but the entire region.

A graphical look at Pope Francis’ itinerary in Africa

A graphical look at Pope Francis’ itinerary in Africa.

Here’s is an outline of the Pope’s schedule, according to the Vatican.

Wednesday 25th November

  • Arrive in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in the evening.
  • Proceed to State House to meet the president and the invited guests who will include diplomats.

Thursday 26th November

  • Meet interreligious leaders at the Apostolic Nuncio in the morning.
  • Hold mass at the University of Nairobi grounds.
  • Meet the clergy, seminarians etc. at St. Mary’s School in Lavington in the afternoon.
  • Proceed to the United Nations Office in the evening.

Friday 27th November

  • Visit a parish in Kangemi, in the morning.
  • Meet young people at Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani.
  • Host Catholic bishops in the VIP lounge at Kasarani.
  • Farewell ceremony at JKIA in the late hours of the afternoon.
  • Leave Kenya for Entebbe in Uganda.

On the same day,

  • Arrive in Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport and visit the State House to meet the president and other invited guests such as the diplomatic corps.
  • Tour Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine and meet catechists among other religious people.

Saturday 28th November

  • Visit the Anglican and the Catholic martyrs’ shrines in Namugongo, in the morning.
  • Hold mass for the martyrs near the Catholic Shrine in Namugongo.
  • Meet youths at Kampala’s Kololo Airstrip in the late hours of the afternoon.
  • Visit Nalukolongo House of Charity.
  • Meet Catholic bishops at the Archbishop’s Residence in the evening.
  • Meet the clergy, seminarians etc. in the Cathedral at Kampala.

Sunday 29th November

  • Bid Uganda goodbye and depart for Bangui in the Central African Republic.
  • Arrive in Bangui’s M’Poko International Airport and proceed to the presidential palace for a courtesy visit.
  • Meet leaders including diplomatic corps.
  • Visit a refugee camp.
  • Meet the country’s bishops about an hour after noon.
  • Meet evangelical communities in Bangui.
  • Hold mass with the clergy, young people and other religious leaders at Bangui’s cathedral.
  • Hear the confessions of some youths, and begin a prayer vigil.

Monday 30th November

  • Meet the Muslim community at Bangui’s Koudoukou Mosque.
  • Hold mass at Barthelemy Boganda Stadium.
  • Leave Bangui for Rome around midday.

The Pope’s visit to Kenya makes him one of the famous people who have visited Nairobi in 2015.

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