Photos: Pope Francis Visits Kenya, Uganda & CAR

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Pope Francis greeted by dancers in Kenya

Pope Francis brushed off security concerns for his visit to Kenya which the first stop in his Africa tour, a whirlwind tour of three countries that will mark the first time a reigning pontiff has flown into an active armed conflict.

Francis was greeted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nairobi’s governor, Evans Kidero, and others amid singing by traditional dance groups.

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Pope Francis during service in Uganda

the Pope preached a message of reconciliation on his visit to Uganda, calling on people to reach out to “those who might be unfriendly, even hostile, to us” within local communities and across the conflict-ridden region.

On the fourth day of his Africa tour, the pontiff celebrated mass in front of 300,000 people at an open-air shrine to Christian martyrs in Namugongo, 10 miles from the capital, Kampala.

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Pope in Central African Republic (CAR)

He arrived conflict-ridden Central African Republic on Sunday, November 29, on his final leg of a three-nation African tour and urged the warring factions to lay down their weapons.

“To all those who make unjust use of the weapons of this world, I make this appeal: lay down these instruments of death!”

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