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Pope Francis starts 6-day visit to Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa has as many Christians as Europe. By 2050, its number of Christians will double to 1.1 billion, the largest worldwide

Quelle:: Vatican Information Service, EPA

Pope Farncis is greeted at Nairobi airport by guest in national garb, Nairobi, 25 November 2015
Pope Farncis is greeted at Nairobi airport by guest in national garb, Nairobi, 25 November 2015

Pope Francis arrived today in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the first leg of a 6-day tour that will also take him to Uganda and the Central African Republic.

The pope was greeted at Nairobi's airport by Kenyan President Uhura Kenyatta. On 26 November, he will hold a mass in Nairobi, which 50 0000 people are expected to attend.

Pope Francis at Nairobi airport with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, 25 November 2015
Pope Francis at Nairobi airport with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, 25 November 2015
EPA

The pope's visit to Kenya is a gesture of support for the country, in which terror group Al Shabab killed 148 students, most of them Christian, during an attack on a college in April of this year.

Masks representing the 148 victims of the 2 April 2015 terror attack on Garissa University College, during a memorial concert in Nairobi, 14 April 2015
Masks representing the 148 victims of the 2 April 2015 terror attack on Garissa University College, during a memorial concert in Nairobi, 14 April 2015
EPA

The pope's visit to Africa is a reflection of the fact that as many Christians live in sub-Saharan Africa today as in Europe. Moroever, by 2050, Africa's Christian population will grow to 1.1 billion people, which will be the largest group of Christians worldwide (see chart)

In 2050, most Christians will live in sub-Saharan Africa
In 2050, most Christians will live in sub-Saharan Africa
Chart by Eatglobe with data by Pew Research

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