Papal Mass in Kenya
Pope Francis celebrated mass at University of Nairobi grounds earlier today. My camera and I got the clearance necessary to join thousands of faithful from all over the world in this historic celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Pope Francis’ first in Africa.
Major newspapers today carried similar headlines, with full-page photos from Pope Francis’ arrival yesterday evening.
From as early as 4.30am, people had been arriving at the University of Nairobi Grounds.
The grounds were mapped into zones. This was the section reserved for the priests.
Before the celebration stared, the choir set the mood with several hymns.
The rains didn’t dampen the atmosphere.
The volunteers and first aid teams were at hand to assist those who needed their help.
Me with Peter Ndung’u, Amunga Eshuchi and David Mutua.
A section of the Priests awaiting Pope Francis’ arrival.
As close as I could get at 200mm.
Nowadays, everyone is a photographer…
The young boy is bound to be a future choir master.
The rains kept falling during the mass turning the grounds into a mud pitch.
Spotted this lady on one side of the grounds having the time of her life, singing out loud.
Her friend accompanied her, playing the kayamba with lots of passion.
I’ve decided to call this the Zacchaeus effect. Pope Francis didn’t ask him to come down so that he could dine at his place though. And I don’t think the guy works for KRA.
It was nice seeing President Kibaki. And Mama Ngina.
The Pope leaves the Grounds after the end of the Eucharistic Celebration. I’d positioned myself to get some close ups as he drove out but he used a different route.
I spotted these ladies cleaning shoes in the rain puddles, I guess to make sure they returned home the same way they left.
Many streets in Nairobi were closed to traffic, so faithful exercised a little on their way home.