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Bangui prepares for pope's visit amid security concerns

After touring Kenya and Uganda, Pope Francis will round off his trip to Africa in the Central African Republic.

Pope Francis visits Kangemi slum in Kenya

He travels to Uganda Friday before visiting the war-ravaged Central African Republic on Sunday

More than one million children need urgent aid in the conflict-torn Central African Republic: U.N.

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than a million children in the Central African Republic are in urgent need of humanitarian aid while almost half of those under five are malnourished, the United Nations said on Friday ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the conflict-torn country.

Hope, but few illusions, as Pope Francis heads to Central African Republic

yesterdayReligion : FaithWorld

A 300-metre stretch of no-man's-land marks the entrance to PK5, an enclave in Bangui where most of the Muslims who have not been killed or fled Central African Republic's capital are slowly being strangled by a blockade.

Witch-burning rebels stoke Central African Republic violence

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An anti-Balaka soldier holds a handmade gun as former child soldiers wait to be released in Bambari, Central African Republic, May 14, 2015. Armed groups in Central African Republic released over 350 enslaved children on Thursday as part of a United Nations-brokered deal as the country turns to healing after two years of conflict. Show More Summary

Pope Arrives In Nairobi On His First-Ever Trip to Africa

2 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The pontiff is expected to address issues of religious tolerance, economic inequality and global warming while he travels through Kenya, Uganda and the war-torn Central African Republic.

Why Pope Francis Is Visiting an Active War Zone

Archbishop Franco Coppola, Pope Francis’ ambassador to the Central African Republic, will host the Holy Father for his 26-hour visit to Bangui on November 29. During his short stay, Pope Francis will visit a refugee camp, talk with government leaders, confer with bishops and evangelical communities, celebrate mass and meet with the Muslim community at…

LGBT Ugandans Pray Pope Will Give Them Relief

As Pope Francis prepares for his first trip to Africa, persecuted LGBT people say they pray he will speak up on their behalf. The Pope will visit Kenya, Uganda, and the war-torn Central African Republic this week. While activists hope...Show More Summary

Spain Could Replace French Troops in Mali – Foreign Minister

Spain could send its troops to Mali and the Central African Republic to relieve France from its peacekeeping duties in these countries.

U.N. says Congo failed to properly vet Central African Republic troops

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Thursday it is in talks with the Democratic Republic of Congo about the country's future involvement in a peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic because it had not adequately vetted its troops.

U.N. plans to move troops to Central African Republic from Ivory Coast

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Monday it plans to redeploy some 300 peacekeepers to Central African Republic from a U.N. mission in Ivory Coast in a bid to boost security ahead of the country's planned December elections and a visit by Pope Francis.

Pope Central African trip on despite France's security fears, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis' trip to Central African Republic, which has been rocked by strife between Christians and Muslims, is still scheduled to go ahead despite warnings from France of major security risks, Vatican sources said on Friday.

At least 22 dead in Central African Republic village attacks

BANGUI (Reuters) - At least 22 people were killed in a string of raids on villages in Central African Republic this week, a local official and state radio said on Friday, as an escalation in violence threatened to derail a visit by the pope and crucial elections.

Central African govt seeks to reassure Vatican over pope visit

BANGUI (Reuters) - Political and religious leaders in Central African Republic on Thursday sought to assure the Vatican on the pope's safety ahead of a November visit as the United Nations also prepares to ramp up troops.

Echoes of 'Francafrique' haunt central African democracy

DAKAR (Reuters) - On the day of a vote to allow Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31 years in power, opposition leader Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas was under house arrest and eating canned food smuggled in by the French ambassador.

UN to Look Into New Rape Allegations Against Peacekeepers in CAR

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) is starting an investigation on Thursday into new allegations of rape and sexual abuse by its peacekeepers.

UN sends more peacekeepers, drones to Central Africa

United Nations: The United Nations is sending hundreds of extra peacekeepers and its first drones to the Central African Republic to bolster security ahead of elections next month, a UN official said Tuesday. The December 27 elections are shaping up as a test of the country’s progress in its political transition after the bloodletting that

Burundi Grabbing Guns as a Prelude to Genocide

Things are about to go sideways in Burundi. And when things go sideways in a Central African republic, they REALLY go sideways. Burundi is a tiny country just east of Rwanda and things have gotten so bad there that the current leader...Show More Summary

Ahead of Pope's Visit, Violence Rocks Central African Republic

Armed assailants in the Central African Republic's capital killed two men and three women and set scores of homes ablaze.

Central African Republic leader says U.N. failing to halt violence

BANGUI (Reuters) - The president of Central African Republic Catherine Samba-Panza said on Monday U.N. peacekeepers had failed to halt a cycle of violence in the capital in which at least 90 people have been killed since late Septem...

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