- Pope Francis said Sunday the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) called to work for peace and unity of the peoples. People should not be afraid of people of a different ethnicity or adhere to another faith, the pope said in the capital Bangui.
" I come as a pilgrim of peace and apostle of hope ", said the Pope. He did not go into the detail of the conflict that plays in the country for two years. Rebels of the Muslim minority and militias of the Christian majority are engaged in violent conflict with each other. The outbursts of violence, thousands of people killed.
Francis said he hopes that with the elections in December, " a new period in history " can be launched. It is the first time that the Pope visit a country that is at war. There are additional security measures to guide the visit in the right direction.