Pope Francis due in Kenya at start of African tour

Pope Francis is due in Kenya at the start of a three-nation African tour – his first to the continent as pontiff, the BBC reports.

Thousands are expected to line the streets of the capital, Nairobi, to welcome him for his three-day stay.

An atheist group says it will challenge in court a government decision to declare Thursday a holiday in honour of the pontiff, local media reports.

He is also due to visit Uganda and Central African Republic, which has been hit by Christian-Muslim conflict.

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