Pope Francis on Monday met with around 30 of his relatives – 6 cousins and their families - in the Archbishop’s residence in Turin, and also celebrated Mass with them. Afterwards, they had lunch together. The Holy Father on Sunday made a brief visit to the Church of Santa Teresa, where his paternal grandparents Giovanni and Rosa Bergoglio Vassallo were married in 1907, and where his father Mario was baptized the following year.
Pope Francis has revealed that he is coming to Africa this year, with a visit that will see him land in Uganda and Central African Republic. That will be his first trip to Africa since he was elected Pope almost 2 years ago. The last papal trip to Africa was in 2011 when Benedict XVI visited Benin.
It is now official: Pope Francis will visit Kenya in November. State House on Saturday confirmed the Vatican had officially reached out to the Kenya government and agreed on a papal visit at the end of the year. However, the two governments were working on the specific dates.
“The Vatican has formally contacted the government about a visit to Kenya in November. The government has responded in the affirmative. We look forward to this historic visit by the Holy Father,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s spokesman Manoah Esipisu.
Africa welcomes his Holiness Pope Francis on his first official and historic visit to the continent. It would have been lovely for him to also visit Southern Africa if his schedule would allow this.