Pope to visit Africa Nov. 25-30; including Central African Republic

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October 19, 2015

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 30. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) See POPE-AUDIENCE-CUBA-US Sept. 30, 2015.

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite continued instability and outbreaks of violence in the Central African Republic, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will spend about 33 hours in the country during a Nov. 25-30 visit to Africa.

Releasing the schedule for the trip, the Vatican said that while the pope is in the Central African Republic Nov. 29-30, he will visit a refugee camp, hold a meeting with evangelical Christians and visit a mosque in Bangui, the nation’s capital.

The country has known little peace or development in its 55 years of independence. In March 2013, a rebel movement, Seleka, led by Arab-speaking Islamists, suspended the nation’s constitution. French and African peacekeepers were deployed in January 2014 and the rebels were driven out of the capital.

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