Pope Francis ventured into the volatile Muslim enclave of Central African Republic’s capital on Monday and brought his message of reconciliation to the city’s main mosque, insisting that  peace between Christians and Muslims at end of African tour  here and that religion can never justify violence. Christians and Muslims and members of traditional religions have lived peacefully for many years,” he said. “Together, we say no to hatred, to vengeance and violence, especially that committed in the name of a religion or God.”The pope visited the Muslim areas of this divided capital at the end of his visit to Central African Republic.Under heavy security, Francis crossed into the PK5 neighbourhood where Bangui’s Muslims have been unable to leave for months because armed Christian militia fighters have surrounded its perimeter. The pope travelled in his open-air vehicle through the neighbourhood despite the security risks. Armed U.N. peacekeepers stood guard in the minarets of the mosque.The pope’s visit immediately ushered in a greater sense of freedom to the beleaguered area. In what had been a no-man’s land separating the Muslim enclave from the rest of the city only the day before, thousands crossed over into the area chanting “war is over” in the local Sango language after the pope’s departure. Some followed the pope’s entourage all the way to the sports stadium where he said a final Mass before heading to the airport for his flight back to Italy.Francis had insisted on coming to the PK5 neighbourhood to appeal for peace in a country where two years of Christian-Muslim violence has divided the capital and forced nearly 1 million people to flee their homes. The once vibrant markets of PK5 have now been largely shuttered and many of the Muslim-owned businesses stand in ruins.About 200 men seated inside the mosque welcomed Francis, who sat on a sofa. In comments to the chief imam, Francis insisted that Muslims and Christians are brothers and must behave as such.


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