Day two in pictures: Pope Francis meets religious leaders, leads holy mass in Kenya

It’s Pope Francis’ second day in Africa. Today, he held ecumenical and interreligious meeting at Hall of the Apostolic Nunciature, Nairobi where he stressed the need for dialogue and understanding. 

“…ecumenical and interreligious dialogue is not a luxury. It is not something extra or optional, but essential, something which our world, wounded by conflict and division, increasingly needs,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool
Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool
Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool
Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool
Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool
Pope Francis attends a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool
Pope Francis (R) is greeted during a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Pope Francis (R) is greeted during a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Pope Francis (R) delivers a speech during a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Pope Francis (R) delivers a speech during a meeting with inter-religious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi, Kenya, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters,

Pope Francis said further: “In this light, and in an increasingly interdependent world, we see ever more clearly the need for interreligious understanding, friendship and collaboration in defending the God-given dignity of individuals and peoples, and their right to live in freedom and happiness.

“By upholding respect for that dignity and those rights, the religions play an essential role in forming consciences, instilling in the young the profound spiritual values of our respective traditions, and training good citizens, capable of infusing civil society with honesty, integrity and a world view which values the human person over power and material gain.”

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides in a Honda car within his entourage as he arrives in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 25, 2015. 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. Francis, who has spurned many of the institutional perks of the Vatican, shunned the armoured cars with tinted glass driven by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his entourage. Picture taken November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Gregory Olando
Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides in a Honda car within his entourage as he arrives in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Gregory Olando
Pope Francis is pictured riding in a Honda car within his entourage as he arrives in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 25, 2015. 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. Francis, who has spurned many of the institutional perks of the Vatican, shunned the armoured cars with tinted glass driven by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his entourage. Picture taken November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Gregory Olando
Pope Francis is pictured riding in a Honda car within his entourage as he arrives in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 25, 2015. 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. Francis, who has spurned many of the institutional perks of the Vatican, shunned the armoured cars with tinted glass driven by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his entourage. Picture taken November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Gregory Olando

His Holiness also led a Holy Mass at the University of Nairobi. In his homily, Pope Francis appealed to the young people of Kenya: “Let the great values of Africa’s traditions, the wisdom and truth of God’s word, and the generous idealism of your youth guide you in working to shape a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity.”

He prayed: “May you always be concerned for the needs of the poor, and reject everything that leads to prejudice and discrimination, for these things, we know, are not of God.”

Pope Francis waves to faithful while riding in an open truck as he arrives for a Papal mass in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. 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. Francis, who has spurned many of the institutional perks of the Vatican, shunned the armoured cars with tinted glass driven by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his entourage. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Pope Francis waves to faithful while riding in an open truck as he arrives for a Papal mass in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. 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. Francis, who has spurned many of the institutional perks of the Vatican, shunned the armoured cars with tinted glass driven by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his entourage. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Pope Francis (R) is escorted as he arrives for a Papal mass in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Pope Francis (R) is escorted as he arrives for a Papal mass in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Everyone was searched, even nuns. Kenya had promised to ensure the pope’s visit is peaceful.

Kenyan army soldiers check a monk as he arrives to attend a meeting with Pope Francis in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Kenyan army soldiers check a monk as he arrives to attend a meeting with Pope Francis in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Kenyan army soldiers check nuns as they arrive to attend a meeting with Pope Francis in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Kenyan army soldiers check nuns as they arrive to attend a meeting with Pope Francis in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
A woman holds a banner written "Papa Help My Country Burundi" before a mass by Pope Francis, as rain falls in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
A woman holds a banner written “Papa Help My Country Burundi” before a mass by Pope Francis, as rain falls in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Faithful wait in line before a mass by Pope Francis in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Faithful wait in line before a mass by Pope Francis in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for a Papal mass in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for a Papal mass in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the University of Nairobi (UON) to lead a mass in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the University of Nairobi (UON) to lead a mass in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis
Faithful attend the mass by Pope Francis as rain falls in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Faithful attend the mass by Pope Francis as rain falls in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

The Pope also met with Clergy, Men and Women Religious and Seminarians.

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to attend a meeting with clergy at St Mary's School in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to attend a meeting with clergy at St Mary’s School in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Nuns wave as Pope Francis arrives to attend a meeting with clergy at St Mary's School in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Nuns wave as Pope Francis arrives to attend a meeting with clergy at St Mary’s School in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis waters a plant at the United Nations headquarters in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis waters a plant at the United Nations headquarters in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis speaks at the United Nations headquarters in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis speaks at the United Nations headquarters in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis (L) talks with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) during a meeting at the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 25, 2015. Picture taken November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Pope Francis (L) talks with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) during a meeting at the State House in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, November 25, 2015. Picture taken November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters