Pope Francis to make first Apostolic Trip to Africa in November

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Pope Francis will make his first Apostolic Visit to Africa from 25th to 30th November 2015, the Vatican has confirmed.

“Accepting the invitation issued by the respective Heads of State and the Bishops, His Holiness Francis will make an Apostolic Trip to Kenya from November 25 to 27, Uganda from November 27 to 29, and the Central African Republic from November 29 to 30,” a statement from the Holy See Press Office read.

“The program of the trip will be published in due course.”

Pope Francis first announced the intention to visit Africa during a flight back from his Apostolic Visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January.

On 12th June 2015 during an address to the World Retreat of Priests in Rome he revealed again his plan to visit Africa. “In November, I will be in Africa: first in the Central African Republic and then Uganda,” he said.

The visit to Kenya was uncertain due to “organizational issues”. But now the Vatican has confirmed that Kenya will become the first African country to be visited by Pope Francis.