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Pope Francis heads to Africa with a message of religious tolerance

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Pope Francis heads to Africa with a message of religious tolerance

<p>Pope Francis is on his way to Africa for his first papal visit to the continent.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">First trip in Africa for Pope Francis has begun! AZ4000 has taken off from Fiumicino <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/firsttimeinafrica?src=hash">#firsttimeinafrica</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Pontifex">@pontifex</a> <a href="https://t.co/YROT3sBjmC">pic.twitter.com/YROT3sBjmC</a></p>— Alitalia (@Alitalia) <a href="https://twitter.com/Alitalia/status/669411172874104832">November 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>He will touch down in Kenya and take in Uganda and the Central African Republic in a six-day visit.</p> <p>Pope Francis, seen as a champion of the poor, is expected to preach a message of religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"A More Conservative Catholic Church Awaits Pope Francis in Africa" by JEFFREY GETTLEMAN a… <a href="https://t.co/iCgOvPV9FE">https://t.co/iCgOvPV9FE</a> <a href="https://t.co/AKAxXMXBZQ">pic.twitter.com/AKAxXMXBZQ</a></p>— JasonScottTimm (@JasonTheInfamus) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonTheInfamus/status/669437042913378304">November 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The region has been blighted by an upsurge of extremism and sectarian violence in recent times.</p> <p>Kenya has seen its fair share of Islamist violence, two years ago the Somali al-Shabab group attacked the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westgate_shopping_mall_attack">Westgate</a> shopping mall murdering 67.</p> <p>The pope’s visit to Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, is a major security headache as violence between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian anti-balaka militia continues to claim lives. <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rival groups kill six hostages in tit-for-tat CAR violence <a href="https://t.co/bImoU5Dk5M">https://t.co/bImoU5Dk5M</a> <a href="https://t.co/XFWMkYB76m">pic.twitter.com/XFWMkYB76m</a></p>— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) <a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24/status/659076919636299776">October 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Act of faith: the priest who puts his life on the line to save Muslims in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CAR?src=hash">#CAR</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CARcrisis?src=hash">#CARcrisis</a> <a href="http://t.co/RyJNqAUSuX">http://t.co/RyJNqAUSuX</a> <a href="http://t.co/DGuxyl5QvX">pic.twitter.com/DGuxyl5QvX</a></p>— Thom Sayers (@ThomSayers) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThomSayers/status/543777653044826113">December 13, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>