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Pope Francis Begins African Tour

Pope Francis greets traditional dancers on his arrival at the airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 25, 2015.

Pope Francis has arrived in Kenya at the start of a tour of Africa that also inlcudes stops in Uganda and the Central African Republic.

His schedule in Nairobi Wednesday includes meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta and a group of diplomats at the State House.

On Thursday he is to hold an interfaith meeting at the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the Kenyan capital. Later in the day, he will conduct mass at the University of Nairobi.

On Friday the pope is to visit with the poor in Nairobi's Kangemi slum, and visit with youth at Kasarani Stadium.

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In his later stops, he is scheduled to make a visit to a shrine to Christian martyrs in Uganda, and to visit a mosque and a refugee camp in the Central African Republic.

During his trip the pontiff is expected to highlight the effects of climate change, having previously said the underprivileged are disproportionately affected by changes in weather patterns. Conflicts between religious groups are also expected to be discussed during his trip.

Some material for this report came from AP, AFP and Reuters.