Pope Francis Visits Mosque In Central African Republic

Pope Francis was welcomed to the mosque by Imam Tidiane Moussa.
Pope Francis was welcomed to the mosque by Imam Tidiane Moussa.

Pope Francis was welcomed to the mosque by Imam Tidiane Moussa.

Pope Francis said on Monday that Christians and Muslims were “brothers,” urging them to reject hatred and violence while visiting a mosque in the Central African Republic’s capital which has been ravaged by sectarian conflict. “Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters,” he said after meeting Muslim leaders at the Koudoukou mosque in the PKK district in Bangui. “Together we must say no to hatred, to revenge and to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself,” he said. Francis message of peace and reconciliation appeared to have made a powerful impression, with a group of Muslim rebels turning up to join tens of thousands watching a papal mass at the capital’s Barthelemy Boganda Stadium. The pope later flew out of Bangui at the end of his first trip to Africa that has also taken him to Kenya and Uganda.

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