Day 5 Photos: Pope Francis takes message of peace, hope to Central Africa Republic

Taking the message of peace to a war zone comes at a price; you may need to be more cautious than ever. So was Pope Francis’s journey to Central Africa Republic where Human Rights Watch say 100 people have been killed in clashes since late September. His holiness was protected by the heaviest security ever seen on his apostolic journeys.

Pope Francis left Entebbe, Uganda for Bangui, CAR on Sunday. He paid a courtesy visit to the President of the State of Transition in the central African country where there is bloodshed between Christians and Muslims. The leader of the Catholic church worldwide preached reconciliation.

“I come as a pilgrim of peace and an apostle of hope,” he said at a meeting with the country’s leadership and the diplomatic corps.

He reminded them of CAR’s motto: Unity-Dignity-Labour. “Today, more than ever, this trilogy expresses the aspirations of each Central African. Consequently, it is a sure compass for the authorities called to guide the destiny of the country. Unity, dignity, labour! Three very significant words, each of which represents as much a building project as a unending programme, something to be ceaselessly crafted.”

The pope also visited a refugee camp and, among other meetings, met with the Bishops of the Central African Republic where about a quarter of the total population are Catholics.

He holds a vigil tonight ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with the Muslim Community in the central Mosque of Koudoukou in Bangui.

See photos from his fifth day in Africa below:

Pope Francis is seen off by Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni as he departs Uganda for Central Africa Republic at the Entebbe international airport near the capital Uganda, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis is seen off by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni as he departs Uganda for Central Africa Republic at the Entebbe international airport near the capital Uganda, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis waves as he departs Uganda for Central Africa Republic at the Entebbe international airport near the capital, Uganda, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis waves as he departs Uganda for Central Africa Republic at the Entebbe international airport near the capital, Uganda, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis arrives at the international airport of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Pope Francis arrives at the international airport of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Pope Francis walks with the Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba-Panza (R) after landing at the international airport of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Pope Francis walks with the Central African Republic’s interim President Catherine Samba-Panza (R) after landing at the international airport of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Pope Francis kisses a child as he visits the refugee camp of Saint Sauveur in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis kisses a child as he visits the refugee camp of Saint Sauveur in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis greets internally displaced people on the grounds of the Saint Sauveur church, during his visit in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Pope Francis greets internally displaced people on the grounds of the Saint Sauveur church, during his visit in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Pope Francis talks with a woman as he visits the refugee camp of Saint Sauveur in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis talks with a woman as he visits the refugee camp of Saint Sauveur in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis attends a meeting with Central African Republic's interim President Catherine Samba-Panza at the Palais de la Renaissance in the capital Bangui, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis attends a meeting with Central African Republic’s interim President Catherine Samba-Panza at the Palais de la Renaissance in the capital Bangui, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis greets a girl on the grounds of the Saint Sauveur church which shelters internally displaced people, during his visit in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Anthony Fouchard FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Pope Francis greets a girl on the grounds of the Saint Sauveur church which shelters internally displaced people, during his visit in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Anthony Fouchard
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Guiseppe Cacace/Pool
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Guiseppe Cacace/Pool
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Guiseppe Cacace/Pool
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Guiseppe Cacace/Pool
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Guiseppe Cacace/Pool
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Guiseppe Cacace/Pool
Pope Francis arrives at the Notre Dame Immaculate Conception Cathedral in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Pope Francis arrives at the Notre Dame Immaculate Conception Cathedral in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola