Pope prays for Africa ahead of trip

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Tight security at the Vatican as tens of thousands attend Pope’s weekly Angelus prayer, during which Francis asks the faithful to pray for his first papal visit to Africa. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Pope prays for Africa ahead of trip

Tight security at the Vatican Sunday as tens of thousands of people pour into St. Peter’s Square to hear Pope Francis.

The heightened security follows deadly attacks in Paris and comes ahead of his first trip to Africa this week.

He calls on the faithful to pray for him.

(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING:

“Next Wednesday, I will begin my trip to Africa, where I will visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. I ask all of you to pray for this trip, and that it may be, for all the dear brothers and also for me, a sign of closeness and love. Let us all ask together for the Madonna to bless these dear countries so that they may enjoy peace and prosperity.”

The pope departs for Kenya on Wednesday. He is also scheduled to visit Uganda and the conflict-torn Central African Republic. His tour ends November 30.

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