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Pope Francis concludes Africa visit with prayers at Bangui mosque and open-air Mass

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By Euronews
Pope Francis concludes Africa visit with prayers at Bangui mosque and open-air Mass

<p>Pope Francis has concluded his mini-African tour with a highly-significant visit to the mosque in the heart of the Muslim quarter of the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui.</p> <p>The scene of religious unrest in the past, Pope Francis came bearing a message of mutual respect and tolerance, and appeared determined to stress decades of peaceful religious cohabitation. </p> <p>“Let us remember, Christians and Muslims, members of the traditional religions, lived peacefully for years together,” he said.</p> <p>He was given a rapturous welcome as he toured in the popemobile. There were no signs here of any ideological penetration by Muslim extremists the likes of Boko Haram or al-Shabbab, who have brought misery to many parts of sub-saharan Africa.</p> <p>“There is peace and strong links between us and the Christians. We want to live as brothers in this land,” said one man.</p> <p>Pope Francis concluded his visit with a huge open-air mass for locals and refugees displaced from conflicts in neighbouring countries. More than 20,000 people packed into the stadium for the event.</p>