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Thousands Brave Heavy Downpour to Attend Kenyan Papal Mass

Pope Francis celebrates first public Mass of African tour in Nairobi, Kenya.

. Pope Francis arrives at the University of Nairobi.

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. Thousands of Catholic faithful gather for the papal Mass.

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. A woman is assisted after she got injured while shoving for space.

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. Two priests stand in a muddy puddle as they attend Mass.

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. Kenyan police patrol Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi ahead of the Mass at nearby University of Nairobi.

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. A faithful in a traditional Maasai outfit attends the papal Mass.

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. A man holds a stack of newspapers highlighting Pope Francis's visit.

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. Faithful shield themselves from the rain with colorful umbrellas.

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. Attendees improvise shelter as it rains during the Mass.

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. A bishop uses a briefcase to shield from the rain.

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. A man sells pictures of Pope Francis outside the venue of the Mass.

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. A woman takes photographs as she awaits the arrival of Pope Francis.

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. Teenagers dance in front of the altar.

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. Pope Francis kisses the altar as he starts the Mass.

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