Pope Francis to visit mosque in conflict-ridden Central Africa

Pope Francis is set to visit a mosque in a flashpoint area of the Central African Republic's capital today, as he wraps up his first visit to the continent.

AFP| Updated: Nov 30, 2015, 12:10 PM IST
Pope Francis to visit mosque in conflict-ridden Central Africa

Bangui: Pope Francis is set to visit a mosque in a flashpoint area of the Central African Republic's capital today, as he wraps up his first visit to the continent.

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics will meet members of the Muslim community and visit the Koudoukou mosque in the PK5 district, a maze of red dirt roads and flimsy shacks at the heart of recent sectarian violence.

A little after 08:00 am (0700 GMT) Francis will meet with five imams at the mosque, then hold a ceremony nearby intended to promote religious reconciliation.

Wrapping up his three-country African tour, Francis will then celebrate a huge mass at the capital's 20,000-seat Barthelemy Boganda Stadium before heading back to the Vatican.

The pontiff has hammered home the message of peace during his visit to the Central African Republic, which has been wracked by tit-for-tat violence between Muslim rebels and Christian vigilante groups.