Nairobi - Kenyan Senator Hassan Omar, a Muslim, says he has keenly followed Pope Francis and has welcomed his message of tolerance and care for the poor.
He says: "This pope has transcended religious fault lines. He has talked about plight of Palestinians, the weak and the downtrodden. He epitomises simplicity and demonstrated that he is foremost defender for social justice."
According to Omar, Francis has emerged as a global leader and his message is important for Africa, which faces many challenges, from corruption, poverty and religious extremism, among others.