Pope Francis is on his way to Africa for his first papal visit to the continent.
He will touch down in Kenya and take in Uganda and the Central African Republic in a six-day visit.
Pope Francis, seen as a champion of the poor, is expected to preach a message of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
The region has been blighted by an upsurge of extremism and sectarian violence in recent times.
Kenya has seen its fair share of Islamist violence, two years ago the Somali al-Shabab group attacked the Westgate shopping mall murdering 67.
The pope’s visit to Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, is a major security headache as violence between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian anti-balaka militia continues to claim lives.