Pope Francis in Kenya: The Pontiff arrives in Nairobi

Pope Francis arrives in Kenya
Pope Francis is welcomed to Kenya. Picture via Twitter: @UKenyatta

Pope Francis has arrived in Kenya at the start of his three-day visit.

Shortly after his plane set down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 16.50 (13.50 UK time), he was officially received by President Uhuru Kenyatta, before being driven to State House Nairobi.

There, the Kenyan national anthem was played and the Pope was honoured with a 21 gun-salute.

President Kenyatta greets Pope Francis
Pope Francis is officially welcomed to Kenya by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo via Twitter @UKenyatta

Te Pontiff has been accorded the honours of a head of State and President Kenyatta introduced him to his cabinet, including deputy president William Ruto, before a State reception.

Pope Francis also planted a tree helped by the President before the two leaders went ahead to hold bilateral talks at State House.

In anticipation of his arrival in Kenya, Pope Francis Tweeted a goodwill message wishing Kenyans God’s blessings midway through his flight from Rome.

As he was driven from the airport, millions of Kenyans lined the streets to welcome the leader of the Catholic Church to Nairobi, the first African city the 78 year old pontiff has set foot in since taking over the leadership of the church in 2013.

He will use his  trip to Africa, his 11th overseas trip since taking office, to deliver a total of 19 speeches on peace, social justice, environmental protection and interfaith dialogue in Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic.