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A French soldier stands guard outside St Joseph Cathedral in Bambari, Central African Republic (CNS)

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia says that the Pope ‘responded positively’ to an invitation from the country’s bishops’ conference

Troops from Cameroon have been sent in to restore order in the country (AP)

Sixteen hostages handed over to Cameroonian troops after being kidnapped last month

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia Below: The bishop's diocesan compound has provided shelter to more than 45,000 people (CNS)

Bishop Nestor-Désiré Nongo-Aziagbia had been kidnapped by Seleka Islamists

A displaced boy holds a child as he sits on a bench on a 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa (CNS)

Bishop says he and three parish priests narrowly escaped being killed by Islamist rebels

A youth squats inside a burned out car in Bangui Below: Displaced civilians at the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa (CNS)

Thousands of civilians take shelter in churches, but parishes struggling to cope

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, Central African Republic (CNS)

International community urged to help set up election body and investigate alleged crimes against humanity