Pope Francis has brushed off security concerns as he arrived in Kenya for his first visit to Africa, a whirlwind tour of three countries that will mark the first time a reigning pontiff has flown into an active armed conflict.
His Alitalia aeroplane arrived at Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi on Wednesday for the first stage of the pope’s visit, which will also take in Uganda and Central African Republic (CAR).
The latter country, which has a majority Christian population, has been in the grip of violence since Muslim rebels seized power in March 2013. More than one in five people have been forced to flee their homes.
When asked if he was concerned about security risks, the pope quipped: “To tell you the truth, the only thing I’m concerned about is the mosquitoes. Did you bring your spray?”
So what will the Pope wear to celebrate Mass?
Vatican Radio - A well-researched article in the Kenyan daily press gives an accurate “dress-down” of some of the garments you would find in Pope Francis’ wardrobe.
What it doesn’t mention is that here in Kenya all of his vestments and a beautiful rosary made of beads have been prepared by a group of sisters and women who work in an income-generating facility in Kangemi slum called “Dolly Craft”.
Listen to the report from Vatican Radio HERE.
Also over at Global Sisters you can see a report from the women involved in the vestments project.