Africa’s week in pictures

This woman poses for a photo in her bedroom in the Kenyan slum of Kibera on Sunday. It is thought that household decoration and interior design is a means to distract young people in the slums from turning to drugs and other potentially harmful activities.

Meanwhile on Friday these teenagers pose with a guitar in their bedroom in the same slum – which is the largest in Nairobi.

There are jubilant scenes as a crowd gathers to see Pope Francis celebrate Mass in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. On Wednesday the Pontiff held Mass in front of an audience of around one million people, according to estimates, as part of his historic trip to the country.

Several members of the clergy are in attendance as the Pope preaches a message about forgiving your enemies. His message is delivered as DR Congo faces internal conflict in the east of the country between the army and numerous militia groups.

The Pope is staying in DR Congo for three days and will then make his way to South Sudan.

Throngs of people are present to greet the Pope, including this group of girls dressed in white.

A man is seen wearing a traditional Senegalese Simba mask at the Kankurang Festival in Janjanbureh, The Gambia. The event celebrates the unique Kankurang culture, which is an initiation rite practiced in Senegal and The Gambia.

At the same festival, this man is wearing the traditional Kumpo mask, which is worn by the Jola people.

A boy tries to catch a pigeon as it flies away near the Abu al-Hajjaj Mosque in Luxor, Egypt on Saturday. The remains of an ancient Roman city were discovered in the Luxor area, just a few weeks ago.

This woman is cutting up tomatoes in the same city on Monday. She is working at a tomato drying facility.

It’s a thumbs up from this girl in Luxor as she poses for a photo in the Unesco heritage city on Sunday.

This group is performing before the Fifa Club World Cup first round match, in which Al Ahly FC beat Auckland City FC 3-0 at Stade Ibn-Batouta in Tanger Med, Morocco.

Cricket is in full session in Kimberley, South Africa, as English player David Willey bowls at the Diamond Oval on Tuesday.

There is more South African sport on Wednesday as Matthew McGillivray of South Africa surfs at the Billabong Pro Pipeline in Hawaii.

Back to the Pope’s Africa visit, this woman is ironing ahead of his visit to Juba, South Sudan. It is considered by some that the African continent is where the future of Catholicism lies.

This man can hardly contain his joy about the Papal visit in Kinshasa.

In Lagos, Nigeria this woman is teaching students in the Makoko neighbourhood on Friday. Makoko is built on stilts, with homes built in and around water, and was founded as a fishing village in the 19th Century.

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