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Huge crowds braved heavy rains they hailed as "God's blessing" on Thursday to take part in Pope Francis' first open-air mass in Africa, singing and dancing in the centre of the Kenyan capital. Many of the worshippers spent the night outside in torrential downpours to take part in the mass, although the rain eased off as Francis arrived in his popemobile to a tumultuous welcome from the crowds, who waved wildly as he passed. The mass in the University of Nairobi, which is also being shown live on giant television screens in neighbouring parks, is the 78-year-old's first major appearance in public and a highly-anticipated part of his three-day visit to Kenya.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Pope Francis told Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya on Thursday that they have little choice but to engage in dialogue to guard against the "barbarous" Islamic extremist attacks that have struck Kenya as he kicked off his first full day in Africa with a message of tolerance and peace.