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By Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - 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. Kenya's prolific Twitter users were quick to notice the contrast.
By Philip Pullella and George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - World leaders must reach a historic agreement to fight climate change and poverty at coming Paris, facing the stark choice to either "improve or destroy the environment", Pope Francis said in Africa on Thursday. Francis chose his first visit to the world's poorest continent to issue a clarion call for the success of the two-week summit, known as COP21, that starts on Monday in a French capital still reeling from Nov. 13 attacks by Islamic State militants that killed 130 people. In a long address in Spanish at the United Nations regional office, Francis said it would be "catastrophic" if particular interests prevailed over the common good of people and the planet or if the conference were manipulated by business interests.