Pope leaves Rome, flies to Kenya


Pope leaving Vatican


Pope Francis has started his 7-hour journey to Kenya where he is expected to arrive at 5pm.

He is aboard an Alitalia plane AZ 4000.

Other Vatican officials and a number of international journalists accredited to cover Pope Francis for his five-day visit of Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic are on the same flight.


Pope boarding to fly to Kenya

Pope Francis flew out of Rome on Wednesday, bound for Kenya on the first leg of a landmark trip to Africa that is fraught with security risks.

The 78-year-old pontiff, the third pope to visit the continent, is also scheduled to visit Uganda and the troubled Central African Republic (CAR) on a six-day trip.

The final leg of the tour, in the CAR, could yet be curtailed or cancelled depending on security conditions in a country that has been wracked by sectarian conflict in recent years.


A densely packed schedule will see the Pope visit, amongst others, a shanty-town in Kenya, a major Catholic shrine to Christian martyrs in Uganda and both a mosque and a refugee camp in the CAR.

He is due to make a series of speeches on various issues including a major one on the environment ahead of the Paris climate change summit.


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