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Pope visits Azerbaijan on Caucasus peace tour

Pope Francis on Sunday arrived in mainly Muslim Azerbaijan on the last leg of his peace tour of the volatile ex-Soviet Caucasus region, just months after visiting arch-foe Armenia. The pontiff held a mass for the country's tiny Catholic community in the capital Baku ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Ilham Aliyev. The meeting comes just days after strongman Aliyev -- who is accused of ruthlessly stamping out dissent in the energy-rich country -- won a referendum on constitutional changes seen as consolidating his family's grip on power.
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