Pope Francis urges religious unity in his first Mass in Africa
Pope Francis celebrated a historic Mass in Kenya on Thursday, a day declared a national public holiday as throngs of jubilant Catholics flocked to the capital, the CNN reports.
The Pope drove past the crowd in his popemobile, waving to thousands who started lining the streets at dawn to catch a glimpse of him.
When he got to the University of Nairobi, the site of his first Mass in Africa, choirs and traditional dancers swayed to Swahili Christian music as they waited.
Music mixed with the sound of rain wafted across the field as crowds peeked under multicolored umbrellas.
“I wish I was at that Mass now,” said Jane Waceke, who was watching the Pope on television in the town of Nakuru.
“He’s just what we needed, someone to lift Kenyans’ spirits after the terrorist attacks we’ve had. I have a sense of peace and calm just watching him.”