Pope Francis’ Africa trip will focus on youth, but security concerns abound

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A volunteer paints the wall near a banner of Pope Francis at at the University of Nairobi grounds ahead of the Papal Mass in Kenya's capital Nairobi, on November 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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A volunteer paints the wall near a banner of Pope Francis at at the University of Nairobi grounds ahead of the Papal Mass in Kenya's capital Nairobi, on November 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-AFRICA, originally transmitted on Nov. 24, 2015.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Engaging Africa's youth is the focus of the trip. But concerns over the pope’s safety have emerged, especially in the Central African Republic, where there has been ongoing violence since a 2013 coup.