Arriving in Kenya, pope says tolerance, respect are keys to peace

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November 26, 2015

A child holds a prayer card with a photo of Pope Francis during Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish within Kangemi, a slum that is home to more than 500,000 people in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Kenyans to prepare for Pope Francis' Nov. 25-27 visit to Kenya by embracing peace and coexistence and with prayer. (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters) See POPE-AFRICA-MERCY Nov. 23, 2015.

A child holds a prayer card with a photo of Pope Francis during Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish within Kangemi, a slum that is home to more than 500,000 people in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Kenyans to prepare for Pope Francis’ Nov. 25-27 visit to Kenya by embracing peace and coexistence and with prayer. (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters)

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — With security concerns looming over his visit, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya Nov. 25 urging tolerance and respect among people of different religions and different ethnic groups.

During the less than seven-hour flight, Pope Francis told reporters the only thing he was worried about were the mosquitoes, and after greeting each of the 74 reporters individually the pope took the microphone again and said, “Protect yourselves from the mosquitoes!”

Speaking to a small group of reporters as he made his way around the plane, the pope also confirmed he would visit four cities, including Ciudad Juarez on the U.S.-Mexican border, when he visits Mexico in February.

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