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Then-presidential candidate Faustin-Archange Touadera votes during the second round of elections in Bangui, Central African Republic (CNS)

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga praised Pope Francis for helping create conditions for stable elections

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Bangui Cathedral (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

Pope Francis discussed his trip to Africa at his general audience in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis comforts a child during a brief, unscheduled stop at a children's hospital in Bangui (AP)

The Pontiff took boxes of medicine donated by a Rome hospital

Clergy outside Notre Dame Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Bangui (CNS)

Holy Father celebrates Mass in Central African Republic

A churchgoer in Nairobi, Kenya, holds a copy of a newspaper showing a photograph of Pope Francis (AP)

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Pope Francis three-country tour of Africa will begin in Kenya on November 25

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the solemnity of All Saints at Verano cemetery in Rome (AP)

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An African Union soldier patrols as people prepare to be evacuated  near Bangui, Central African Republic, last year (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Central African Republic, Kenya and Uganda in late November

The Sistine Chapel Choir sings in Westminster Cathedral in 2012

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Women and children stand near their destroyed house in a village in Central African Republic (CNS)

9,000 people who have found refuge at a seminary in the capital, Bangui

An African Union soldier clears a barricade put up by protesters following the attack (Photo: PA)

Priest, 76, was among those killed in attack on church in Bangui, Central African Republic