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Pope Francis’s Africa Tour Stops at Extremely Dangerous Neighborhood

Pope Francis visited Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic during his six-day visit to Africa. Africa is recognized as being crucial to the future of the Catholic Church.

. A parishioner of the St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Nairobi's Kangemi slum carries the vestments to be worn by Pope Francis during his visit to Kenya on Nov. 24, in Kenya.

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.

Gallery: Africa Ready to Host Pope Francis

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. Pope Francis stands beside Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta as they watch traditional dancers after he arrived at the Jommo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi on Nov. 25.

Gallery: Kenyans Welcome Pope at First Africa Stop

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. Pope Francis arrives at the University of Nairobi for a public mass in downtown Nairobi on Nov. 26.

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. 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.

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. Kenyan soldiers check a monk as he arrives to attend a meeting with Pope Francis in Kenya's capital Nairobi, Nov. 26.

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. 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.

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. Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the Kangemi slums on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi, Nov. 27.

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. Local children wearing T-shirts bearing images of Pope Francis, smile for the camera as they wait for the arrival of the Pontiff at the Church of St. Joseph the Worker in the Kangemi slum, Nairobi on Nov. 27. Pope Francis lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor as he visited a crowded slum in the Kenyan capital.

"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.

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. Pope Francis tours the Anglican martyrs' shrine in Namugongo near the Ugandan capital of Kampala, Nov. 28.

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. Children touch the hand of Pope Francis as he visits a refugee camp after arriving in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Nov. 29.

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. Pope Francis blesses children during his visit at a refugee camp, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29.

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. 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.

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. Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29.

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. 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.

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. U.N. soldiers stand near Muslim faithful queuing to enter the Central Mosque on the occasion of Pope Francis visit in Bangui's Muslim enclave of PK5, Central African Republic, on Nov. 30.

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.

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. Pope Francis waves as he visit the Koudoukou school to meet people from the Muslim community after leaving the Central Mosque in the PK5 neighborhood on Nov. 30, in Bangui.

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

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. 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.

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. A group of people wave goodbye to the aircraft carrying Pope Francis as he takes off from the airport of Bangui, Central African Republic, on Nov. 30.

Video: Pope Francis concludes historic Africa trip

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