Pope Francis (L in the car) waves at people as he pass in a street of Nairobi. AFP PHOTO/ TONY KARUMBA
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In actions and words on his first tour of the world's poorest continent, Pope Francis has sent a message to African leaders that they could do with less pomp and a bit more humility. In a region where presidents speed past slums in cavalcades of luxury vehicles and the public complain about corruption in high office, the pope was cheered as he drove in a small Honda and told national leaders to act with integrity.Nor did he follow the example of visitors like U.S. President Barack Obama, who turned up in Nairobi in July for an official visit with an army of security personnel and a bullet-proof limousine, dubbed "the Beast".Instead, the pope waved to rapturous crowds from his white popemobile with open sides despite pouring rain and was ferried around Nairobi in the Honda that local media said cost a modest 1.5 million shillings ($14,700).Kenyatta, a Catholic like 30 percent of Kenya's 45 million people, also spoke of the challenge of graft in his welcome to the pope.
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