Pope Francis will stay at the Apostolic Nunciature in Westlands, Nairobi, during his three-day visit in Kenya, Vatican embassy in Nairobi has confirmed.
According to the Pope’s representative to Kenya, Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, the pontiff will not stay at any hotel during the tour that begins on November 25.
And a special ambulance that will be used by Pope Francis in case of a medical emergency has been shipped to Nairobi.
According to Archbishop Balvo, even though the Pope is a head of state, his unique position as the head of the Catholic Church does not allow the pontiff to stay at any government residence or hotel.
“The Pope will be staying here at the Nunciature and that is the law and tradition of the church,” said Balvo, who is also Vatican’s ambassador to Kenya and Sudan.
The Apostolic Nunciature is the official title used to refer to any of the Vatican embassies in the world and it is also known as the Embassy of the Holy See.