Francis ended his six day visit to Africa on Nov. 30, which included trips to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. Africa is recognized as being crucial to the future of the Catholic Church with the continent's Catholic numbers growing faster than anywhere else in the world.
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. Pope Francis arrives at the University of Nairobi for a public mass in downtown Nairobi on Nov. 26.
. Nuns react at the arrival of Pope Francis at the St. Mary's school to attend a meeting of clergy and religious in Nairobi, Nov. 26.
. Kenyan soldiers check a monk as he arrives to attend a meeting with Pope Francis in Kenya's capital Nairobi, Nov. 26.
. Kenyans listen to Pope Francis's holy mass on Nov. 26, in Nairobi’s Central Park. Pope Francis held his first open-air mass in Africa with huge crowds calling heavy rains "God's blessing" as they sang and danced in the Kenyan capital.
. Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the Kangemi slums on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi, Nov. 27.
"These are wounds inflicted by minorities who cling to power and wealth, who selfishly squander while a growing majority is forced to flee to abandoned, filthy and run-down peripheries," the 78-year-old pontiff told crowds in the Nairobi shanty town.
. Pope Francis tours the Anglican martyrs' shrine in Namugongo near the Ugandan capital of Kampala, Nov. 28.
. Children touch the hand of Pope Francis as he visits a refugee camp after arriving in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Nov. 29.
. Pope Francis blesses children during his visit at a refugee camp, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29.
. Pope Francis comforts a child during a brief, unscheduled stop at a pediatric hospital on his way to Bangui cathedral, Central African Republic, Nov. 29.
. Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29.
. A crowd greets Pope Francis arriving to meet internally displaced people who are sheltered on the grounds of the Saint Sauveur Church, during his visit in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29.
Pope Francis made a historic visit to the last remaining Muslim neighborhood in Central African Republic's capital on Monday, a move that almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city that had been closed off for months because of retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christian militia fighters.
Francis had insisted on coming to PK5, considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous neighborhoods, to appeal for peace in a country where two years of Christian-Muslim violence has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their homes.
• Video: Pope Francis Brings Message of Reconciliation to Central African Republic
. Pope Francis walks with the pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate a mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 30.