Here are the facts you didn’t know about Pope’s Nairobi visit
Pope Francis will arrive in Nairobi on November 25 for a three day visit in his first African tour since he ascended to the Papacy.
The theme of the visit is “Do not be afraid”.
The Pope is scheduled to meet with leaders of other faiths, talk to the youth at Kasarani and meet slum dwellers in Kangemi.
The Pope will also celebrate Mass at the University of Nairobi grounds.
Here, we give you a breakdown of the Pope’s visit in numbers;
1.2 billion- The number of Catholic faithful worldwide
14 million- The number of Catholics in Kenya
700- Number of Catholic parishes in Kenya
4 million- The number of Catholics living in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi
1.4 million- The number of Kenyans expected to attend the Papal mass
124 million- The amount raised during a recent fundraiser towards the Pope’s visit, the church had a target of Sh200 million
2,000- Number of Catholics from Mombasa Archdiocese expected to arrive in Nairobi during pope visit
Sh2 million- The amount Mombasa Archdiocese will spend to transport catholic faithfuls to Nairobi.
200,000- The number of youths to attend Pope Francis’ youth meeting at Kasarani
10,000- Number of police officers who will provide security during the three day Papal visit
100 years- The number of years during which the alter to be used by the Pope has been lying idle.
30 years- The number of years one of the chairs to be used has not been in use
20 years- Number of years another chair he will use has not been in use
4,000- Number of priests expected to serve during the Papal Mass
60- The number of Bishops who will serve during the Papal Mass
1,500- Number of priests who will distribute communion from five tents of the five kilometer stretch between UoN and Nyayo Stadium
18- Number of giant screens to be erected on the five kilometer stretch between UoN and Nyayo Stadium
300,000- The number of people expected to sit at the UoN grounds during the Papal Mass
2,500- Number of priests to be seated in front of the alter at the UoN grounds, the public will seat behind the priests
10- The number of choirs, including from the military choir, that will sing during the Mass
80- The number of journalists traveling with Pope Francis from Rome to Nairobi, four of them are Kenyan.
5,000- Number of television stations across the world that will relay the Papal activities during his visit, signal to be provided by Vatican TV
10,000- Number of radio stations across the world that will relay the Papal activities during his visit, signal to be provided by Vatican Radio