Photos of Pope Francis’ last day in Africa: ‘May God bless you and protect you! Salam alaikum!’

Pope Francis has returned to the Vatican but not before he has achieved his mission on the continent. He had visited Kenya and Uganda where terrorist group Al Shabaab has attacked, killed and threatened. He went about preaching the message of peace, hope and reconciliation. His apostolic jorney to Africa climaxed with a meeting with the Muslim community in the central Mosque of Koudoukou in Bangui, a city where inter-religious clashes have led to several deaths in Central Africa Republic.

“Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters,” said Pope Francis at the meeting. “We must therefore consider ourselves and conduct ourselves as such. We are well aware that the recent events and acts of violence which have shaken your country were not grounded in properly religious motives.”

“Those who claim to believe in God must also be men and women of peace,” the pope stressed.

“Together, we must say no to hatred, no to revenge and no to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, God salam.

“Dear friends, dear brothers, I invite you to pray and work for reconciliation, fraternity and solidarity among all people, without forgetting those who have suffered the most as a result of recent events.

“May God bless you and protect you! Salam alaikum!”

A Holy Mass was later celebrated at Barthélémy Boganda Stadium before His Holiness departed for Rome.

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Pope Francis interacts with a patient as he visits a Paediatric Hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Pope Francis interacts with a patient as he visits a Paediatric Hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
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Pope Francis’ interacts with a patient as he visits a Paediatric Hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
Pope Francis interacts with a patient as he visits a Paediatric Hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.ARCHIVE.
Pope Francis interacts with a patient as he visits a Paediatric Hospital in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters
A crowd cheers Pope Francis as he visits residents in the mostly Muslim neighbourhood of PK5 in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
A crowd cheers Pope Francis as he visits residents in the mostly Muslim neighbourhood of PK5 in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
United Nations peacekeepers prepare to secure the grounds of the central mosque in the mostly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, for the visit of Pope Francis, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
United Nations peacekeepers prepare to secure the grounds of the central mosque in the mostly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, for the visit of Pope Francis, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Pope Francis (R) sits next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi, Imam of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis (R) sits next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi, Imam of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis (centre, R) attends next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi Imam (centre, L) of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis (centre, R) attends next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi Imam (centre, L) of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
A crowd awaits for the arrival of Pope Francis at the central mosque of the mostly Muslim PK 5 neighbourhood in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
A crowd awaits for the arrival of Pope Francis at the central mosque of the mostly Muslim PK 5 neighbourhood in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
Pope Francis arrives to lead a mass at the Bangui stadium, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis arrives to lead a mass at the Bangui stadium, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead a mass at the Bangui stadium, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead a mass at the Bangui stadium, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis speaks with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to Rome, Italy, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis speaks with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to Rome, Italy, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to Rome, Italy, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool
Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to Rome, Italy, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool
People celebrate on a car near Koudoukou Mosque where Pope Francis meets with the Imam Tidiani Moussa Naibi in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

People celebrate on a car near Koudoukou Mosque where Pope Francis meets with the Imam Tidiani Moussa Naibi in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini