popePope Francis has recorded a video message to Kenya and Uganda ahead of his visit later this week.

In the video, The Pope appreciated efforts by all involved in preparing for his arrival. He says that he is coming to preach peace and forgiveness and is looking forward to meeting the youth.

“I am coming as minister of the gospel to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ and his message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace… A highlight of my visit will be my meetings with the young people who are your greatest resource and our most promising hope for a future of solidarity, peace and progress.”

The Pope will arrive in Kenya on Wednesday and head for a welcome ceremony at State House.

During his 3-day visit, he will hold at public mass at the University of Nairobi grounds, meet slum dwellers in Kangemi and also interact with the youth at Kasarani.

Here’s his video message.