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Muslims and Christians welcome pope to Central African Republic

29 November 2015, 15:45Ndalla Ignace, dpa

Bangui - Pope Francis arrived in the Central African Republic on Sunday, with Muslim as well as Catholic representatives welcoming him at Bangui airport in the hope that he would promote reconciliation in the country torn by inter-religious strife.

"The Holy Father has not come to Central Africa for the Catholics, but for Central Africans. It is a good sign of a reconciliation between Muslims and Central Africans," said El Adji Tchakpabrede, a representative of the country's Muslim community.

Francis was welcomed by interim President Catherine Samba-Panza.

Among the crowd that had gathered to see the pope, many expressed hope that he would help to reconcile Christians and Muslims.

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CAR has suffered sectarian violence since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew president Francois Bozize, a Christian, in March 2013. Thousands have been killed, and nearly one million people were displaced at the height of the conflict in early 2014.

There was concern that extremists from either side could use the papal visit to break the tense calm and instigate new violence.

Francis was expected to use the Popemobile during his visit, despite concern that local authorities would not be able to guarantee his security.

Local security forces were expected to be backed up by more than 10 000 UN peacekeepers and French troops present in the country.

The pope came to CAR after visiting Kenya and Uganda, where he celebrated masses drawing hundreds of thousands of people.

Francis's African tour is his 11th trip abroad since he became pope in 2013.

Africa is home to an estimated 180 million Catholics, and their numbers are growing faster than anywhere else in the world.



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