Brushing aside security concerns, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday on his first-ever trip to Africa and urged Kenyans to work for peace and forgiveness amid a wave of extremist violence on the continent that threatens to disrupt his trip.
During Pope Francis' address at Kenya's State House, he called for ethnic and religious reconciliation at the start of his first tour of Africa, where he will address a fast-growing Catholic population and seek to heal Christian-Muslim divisions.
At the airport Francis was presented with a bouquet of flowers and choirs that sang "karibu baba" in Swahili — lyrics which translate to "welcome father."
. A father with his children holding a portrait of the pontiff wait to see Pope Francis' convoy.
"Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust and the despair born of poverty and frustration," he said during his address. "Ultimately, the struggle against these enemies of peace must be carried on by men and women who fearlessly believe in, and bear honest witness to, the great spiritual and political values which inspired the birth of the nation."
. Crowds of people cheer from the roadside as the pope's convoy drives through the capital.
The pope's visit comes almost eight months after an attack by Islamic extremists that left 150 people dead at a mostly Christian university in Garissa.
. Pope Francis and Kenyatta stand during a ceremony outside the State House.
The pontiff's six-day pilgrimage will also take him to Uganda and the Central African Republic, a country wracked by fighting between Christians and Muslims.
— Associated Press