The war torn country of the Central African Republic witnessed the arrival of Pope Francis when he landed in the capital Bangui amidst tight security never seen during his previous visits to other countries.
Central African republic has been plagued with religious wars in the recent past with the country divided into Christian and Muslim militias groups. The Anti Balaka Christian militias was formed in 2013 after the Seleka leader Michel Djotodia took power. Some members have been known to forcibly convert Muslims to Christians while Seleka militias are mostly Muslims who overthrew the government in March 2013 and ruled the CAR until January 2014.
Pope Francis speaking at a mass in Bangui has called on the warring factions to lay down their arms and seek reconciliation. He called himself a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of hope.
By: Abiodun Abidoye