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Pope presses case for adequate, dignified housing in Nairobi

Pope Francis visited a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge Friday to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital.

Francis has frequently insisted on the need for the three "Ls" — land, labor and lodging — and his trip to the Kangemi slum focused on housing as a critical issue facing the world amid rapid urbanization that is helping to upset Earth's delicate ecological balance.

Kangemi is one of 11 slums dotting Nairobi, East Africa's largest city. The shanty itself has about 50,000 residents living without basic sanitation. Most of the capital's slums comprise...