Pope Francis has used his first public audience to call for peace in the Central African Republic.
After opting not to live in a lavish apartment in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and instead choosing a simple two room suite in a residence with other priests, Francis will also visit a prison to mark the beginning of Easter celebrations.
His inaugural address also focused on the theme of peace for the Holy Week and Easter period.
Referring to the recent coup in the Central African Republic, the Pontiff said: “I have been following with attention what has been happening. I am appealing for an immediate end to violence and looting and for a quick political solution.”
The 76-year-old new pope, who comes from Argentina, takes his papal name from Saint Francis of Assisi, who worked for peace and the poor.