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The Pope's planned visit to Central African Republic later this month is raising alarm (PA)

The Vatican has hinted that Pope Francis’s security team will decide at the last minute whether to change his Africa itinerary

A French peacekeeping soldier patrols the streets of Bangui, Central African Republic (Photo: CNS)

Church leaders say visit will go ahead despite warning from French government officials

Peacekeeping troops escort a humanitarian aid convoy in mid-February in Bangui, Central African Republic. (CNS photo/Legnan Koula, EPA)

UN officials say at least five people are dead and thousands have fled a camp for displaced people

The UN will send hundreds of troops to Central African Republic  ahead of next month's elections (AP)

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the war-torn country later this month

A French soldier stands guard at St Joseph Cathedral in Bambari in Central African Republic (Photo: CNS)

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French peacekeeping soldiers patrolling the city of Bangui in Central African Republic in September (PA)

Francis is due to visit the troubled country later this month

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

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Anti-Balaka fighters pictured in 2014 at a base in the south of Bangui (AP)

Reports suggest an attack on Muslim rebels has led to revenge attacks on Christians in the capital Bangui

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