BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)
Pope Francis has issued an appeal from the altar of Bangui's cathedral for all the fighting factions in Central African Republic and elsewhere to lay down their weapons and instead "arm yourselves with justice, love, mercy and authentic peace."
Bangui is awash in weapons as a result of more than two years of sectarian violence between Christian and Muslim militants that has forced more than 1 million people to flee their homes.
In his first Mass on Sunday after his arrival, Francis said Christians had as their primary vocation love for their enemy "which protects against the temptation of revenge and against the spiral of unending retaliation."
He said priests and nuns, in particular "must be first of all artisans of pardon, specialists of reconciliation, experts in mercy."
— Nicole Winfield, Bangui
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