Pope Visits Nairobi Slum, Points Out Need for Safe Housing

Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, is in Kenya Friday, concluding the first stop on his three-nation swing through Africa.

The pope is to speak to a gathering of young people at Ksarani Stadium. He will also meet with the Catholic bishops of Kenya and make a final appearance at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where a farewell ceremony is planned.

Earlier, the pope visited Nairobi's Kangemi slum, where he emphasized the need for safe and well-built housing for the poor.

His next stops are Uganda and the Central African Republic. In those visits he is set to visit a Christian shrine, a mosque, and a refugee camp before he returns to Rome on Monday.

On Thursday he celebrated mass in Kenya, attracting tens of thousands of worshipers to the University of Nairobi to see him.

"I appeal in a special way to the young people of the nation. Let the great values of Africa's traditions, the wisdom and truth of God's word, and the generous idealism of your youth guide you in working to shape a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity," Francis told the audience. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS

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