Lingyun Xu Wan.
VATICAN CITY (LNC) — In a statement published on Tuesday by a top Vatican official, Pope Francis’s visit to CAR remains uncertain because of concerns over security.
“We will see on the basis of the situation on the ground at the time whether we go ahead with the third and final leg of the Pope’s African trip in Central Africa,” Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State, told Avvenire, the newspaper of Italy’s Conference of Bishops.
“The pope has a very strong desire to visit Central Africa and for the moment the programme remains unchanged. But it is possible that a different decision will be taken at the last minute if the local situation does not allow it.”
The pope is scheduled to visit the CAR, which has been hit by conflict between Christians and Muslims, on November 29 and 30 as part of a tour also taking in Kenya and Uganda.
Hundreds of thousands of Christians are expected to travel to see him from neighbouring Cameroon and Congo.
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