Pope Francis will not visit Nigeria, but will meet slum dwellers and refugees and call for dialogue between Christians and Muslims when he visits Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic next month, the Vatican said on Saturday.
During his first trip to Africa,the pope will spend about two days in each country and visit only the capitals.
In Nairobi, he will visit Kangemi, a slum that is home to 650,000 people.He will also hold an inter-religious meeting and say a Mass at a university in the capital.
The Kenya stop had been in doubt in the initial planning of the November 25-30 trip.
In Uganda, Francis is scheduled to visit a home for the disabled in Nalukolongo, a suburb of the capital Kampala.
The last stop is Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, where he is meeting with Muslim leaders in the Koudoukou mosque.
Many have wondered why he is skipping North-eastern Nigeria which is plagued by Boko Haram.But, it may be because Boko Haram is not considered a religious crises anymore as Muslims are victims as much as Christians are.