Pope Francis arrives in war-torn Central African Republic in peace bid

November 29, 2015 9:33 AM

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Pope Francis arrives in war-torn Central African Republic in peace bid

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Pope Francis arrived in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic Sunday morning. His plane landed next to a runway bordering a sprawling camp for the internally displaced. A crowd from the camp cheered as the plane taxied toward a procession of dignitaries and schoolchildren.

The city, which is the heart of a protracted armed conflict, was mostly shut down ahead of the pope’s arrival, with hundreds of U.N. peacekeepers patrolling the streets this morning and a surveillance balloon flying overhead.,

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