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Pope Francis (AP)

Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic at the end of November

Pope Francis said 99 per cent of people at the Vatican did not believe the Shimon-Abbas prayer meeting would happen (Photo: CNS)

The Pope also defended his lack of security, saying ‘at my age I don’t have much to lose’

Baby Swiss Guard by Catholic Memes

The Pope’s personal safety is dominating discussion among Catholics

Usually the Pope returns to Rome on the national carrier of the country he's visiting (PA photo)

The detail emerged as the Holy See formally announced the Pope’s state visit