Pope Francis has arrived in Kenya for a three-nation African tour – his first to the continent as pontiff.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ululating crowds welcomed him at the airport in the capital, Nairobi.
The pope called for peace, saying conflict and terrorism “feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration”.
A leading Muslim cleric in Kenya welcomed the visit, saying it gave hope to the “downtrodden in the slums”.
An atheist group said it would challenge in court a government decision to declare Thursday a holiday in honour of the pontiff.
Pope Francis is also due to visit Uganda and Central African Republic, which has been hit by Christian-Muslim conflict.