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Pope Francis Makes First Africa Visit

Pope Francis will make his first entry into the Africa soil on November 25 to 30, visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic since he became Pope.

The Vatican said the Pope had been invited by the heads of state and local bishops to visit each of those countries.

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Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a “new homeland” for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II travelled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname “the African.” Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope.

Next week, Pope Francis joins his predecessors and visits a region whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its appeal in the face of challenges from secularism, competing Christian faiths and violent extremism.

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