Pope Francis has made a visit to a communally sensitive neighbourhood in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), urging the Muslim and Christian communities to set aside their differences and focus on rebuilding relations.
Francis visited on Monday the central Koudoukou mosque in the besieged Bangui district of PK5, an area that has seen some of the most horrific Christian-Muslim violence since a coup of March 2013.
He described Christians and Muslims as brothers, urging them to reject hatred and move towards a path of reconciliation.
“Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters … those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace,” he said.
“Together, we must say no to hatred, to revenge and to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, salam.”