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A volunteer cleans the seats to be used by guests during the Papal Mass ahead of the visit of Pope Francis in Kenya's capital Nairobi, on Tuesday

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A volunteer cleans the seats to be used by guests during the Papal Mass ahead of the visit of Pope Francis in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, on Tuesday

The Wider Image: Catholicism in Africa...A woman walks past a section of Mogadishu Cathedral that was built by Italian authorities, in Mogadishu, Somalia, November 3, 2015. The church was attacked during the 1989 civil war that saw its last Bishop, Salvatore Colombo, killed by armed insurgents while giving mass in the cathedral. Pope Francis makes his first pontifical visit later this month to Africa, where Catholicism has grown rapidly over the last few decades but now faces serious competition from Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, as well as Islam. The pontiff's trip to Africa, where an estimated 1 in 5 people is Catholic, takes in Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic. His visit to that country is fraught with security concerns after months of clashes between Christians and Muslim gangs in which dozens of people have been killed.    REUTERS/Feisal

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A woman walks past a section of Mogadishu Cathedral that was built by Italian authorities, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The church was attacked during the 1989 civil war that saw its last Bishop, Salvatore Colombo, killed by armed insurgents while giving mass in the cathedral. Pope Francis makes his first pontifical visit later this month to Africa, where Catholicism has grown rapidly over the last few decades but now faces serious competition from Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, as well as Islam. 

A mother carries her son through burnt out shacks after they where raised to the ground in a fire that destroyed 250 homes at the informal settlement in Kaya Sands, Johannesburg on Thursday. The fire yesterday fueled by high winds and a heat waves swept through the shacks of the settlement. No one was killed in the fire but hundreds of families have been left homeless.

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A mother carries her son through burnt out shacks after they where raised to the ground in a fire that destroyed 250 homes at the informal settlement in Kaya Sands, Johannesburg on Thursday. The fire yesterday fueled by high winds and a heat waves swept through the shacks of the settlement

South Africa township fire ...epa05020831 A man carries his bed as he and a friend tries to remove her belongings as a fire rages through an informal settlement in Kaya Sands, Johannesburg, 11 November 2015. The flames fueled by high winds and a heat waves swept through the shacks of the settlement. At least 250 shacks where distroyed.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

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A man carries his bed as he and a friend tries to remove her belongings as a fire rages through an informal settlement in Kaya Sands, Johannesburg 

Military parade members stand in the rain during the swearing-in ceremony for Tanzania's new president John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam, on Thursday. Magufuli's win in the October 25 poll with over 58 percent of votes cemented the long-running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party's firm grip on power

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Military parade members stand in the rain during the swearing-in ceremony for Tanzania’s new president John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam, on Thursday

South African opposition leader Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) arrives on stage at the beginning of a march called for "economic transformation" in Johannesburg on Tuesday

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South African opposition leader Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) arrives on stage at the beginning of a march called for “economic transformation” in Johannesburg on Tuesday

South African police fire rubber bullets to disperse residents of Masiphumelele during a protest against the police in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa  23 October 2015. Community members are angered at the arrest of some residents suspected to be vigilantes following the killing of suspected criminals by vigilantes. This follows weeks of protests over the lack of policing in the impoverished area and the alleged targetting of vigilante members by the police

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South African police fire rubber bullets to disperse residents of Masiphumelele during a protest against the police in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa

Refugees and migrants arrive at Lesbos island after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 23, 2015. An EU scheme to relocate asylum seekers from overstretched Italy and Greece could grind to a halt just two weeks after it began if member states fail to meet their obligations, an EU source said. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Refugees and migrants arrive at Lesbos island after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey

Protesting university students flee as police fire stun grenades outside Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015. The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests that have shut down many South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies.

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Protesting university students flee as police fire stun grenades outside Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday. The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests that have shut down many South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies

A woman walks past posters for ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) presidential candidate John Magufuli and parliamentary candidate Hassan Zungu on October 20, 2015 in Dar es Salaam. AFP PHOTO / Daniel HaydukDaniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman walks past posters for ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) presidential candidate John Magufuli and parliamentary candidate Hassan Zungu, in Dar es Salaam.

South Africa miners strike ...epa04975918 Protesters chant slogans during a protest to show their support to fellow miners who filed a lawsuit against mining companies, Johannesburg, South Africa, 13 October 2015. High Court in Johannesburg will begin on 13 October hearing in a lawsuit filed by 56 former mine workers who say they suffered silicosis, a lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica dust, due to their work at gold mines.

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Protesters chant slogans during a protest to show their support to fellow miners who filed a lawsuit against mining companies in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday. The High Court in Johannesburg will begin hearing a lawsuit filed by 56 former mine workers who say they suffered silicosis

A soldier from the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force stands guard at the site where a cargo plane carrying supplies for AU troops crash-landed outside Somalia's capital, on Tuesday at Abirska, some 18 kilometres outside Somalian capital, Mogadishu. The officials said the Egyptian-owned transport plane went down after making several unsuccessful passes over the seafront airport. Two of the six crew members suffered light injuries in the crash, the officials said, but added that the plane and those on board were safe having landed in an area controlled by the Somali government and the African Union's AMISOM force

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A soldier from the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force stands guard at the site where a cargo plane carrying supplies for AU troops crash-landed outside Somalia’s capital, on Tuesday at Abirska, some 18 kilometres outside Somalian capital, Mogadishu

COSATU march to parliament...epa04967149 Protesters chant slogans and sing during a Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) protest outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 07 October 2015. Members of COSATU nationwide have embarked on a national strike. COSATU Provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said the march aimed to put pressure on the government to halt retrenchments, immediate implementation of an efficient and reliable public transport system and for aboloshing e-tolls

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Protesters chant slogans and sing during a Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) protest outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa

An anti-corruption activist shouts political slogans on Wednesday in Pretoria, as thousands of protesters march to the Union Buildings, during a demonstration against corruption organized by various South African unions and political and civil societies

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An anti-corruption activist shouts political slogans on Wednesday in Pretoria, as thousands of protesters march to the Union Buildings, during a demonstration against corruption organized by various South African unions and political and civil societies

A picture taken from an airplane on Sept...A picture taken from an airplane on September 30, 2015 shows a section of the Egyptian capital of Cairo and the Nile River

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Cairo taken from an airplane on Wednesday shows a section of the Egyptian capital of Cairo and the Nile River

 A South African resident of Masiphumelele runs past a burning barricade during a protest against the lack of policing in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa,  29 September 2015. According to local reports the protest was sparked by the court appearance 29 September of some residents arrested in connection with vigilante killings. The area has been volatile for weeks with community members angered at the lack of policing in the impoverished area. Two weeks ago suspected criminals were killed by a mob accused of being behind the death and rape of 15 year old Amani Pula

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A South African resident of Masiphumelele runs past a burning barricade during a protest against the lack of policing in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday

Eight month old Kajy Marcelline lies on the floor at his home in Amboasary,  Madagascar. Severe food and nutrition crisis is effecting southern Madagascar with up to 200,000 people, including 40,000 children under five, effected. Chronic malnutrition, also termed stunting, increases child mortality, hinders brain development, school performance, and future earnings. Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world

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Eight month old Kajy Marcelline lies on the floor at his home in Amboasary, Madagascar. A severe food and nutrition crisis has hit southern Madagascar with up to 200,000 people, including 40,000 children under five, affected

A protester raises his fist in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 18, 2015. Security forces in the capital of Burkina Faso fired in the air on Friday to disperse demonstrators who burned tyres and blocked neighborhood streets to protest at a military coup this week that derailed a democratic transition. The head of a military junta in Burkina Faso which took power on Thursday has freed interim President Michel Kafando and two of his ministers, state television said on Friday

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A protester raises his fist in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Friday, as demonstrators burned tyres and blocked neighborhood streets to protest at a military coup that derailed the democratic transition

Herds of wildebeest cross the river in Masai Mara on Friday. Every year hundreds of thousands of wildebeest make the crossing from the Serengeti to Masai Mara game reserve to graze during the migration

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Herds of wildebeest cross the river in Masai Mara on Friday. Every year hundreds of thousands of wildebeest make the crossing from the Serengeti to Masai Mara game reserve to graze during the migration

Wildebeests and zebras at a river in Masai Mara on Wednesday. Every year, hundreds of thousands wildebeests migrate from the Serengeti to Masai Mara game reserve to graze

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Wildebeests and zebras at a river in Masai Mara on Wednesday. Every year, hundreds of thousands wildebeests migrate from the Serengeti to Masai Mara game reserve to graze