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Central African Republic

Pope Africa plans unchanged, but bodyguard does extra check

Pope Francis is going ahead with plans to visit the conflict-wracked Central African Republic, but his top bodyguard is doing an unusual, last-minute on-site survey to determine if security concerns require any changes to the itinerary, the Vatican said Thursday.

Francis is expected to visit the capital, Bangui, on Nov. 29-30 after first making stops in Kenya and Uganda. The Vatican said that in each country, Francis plans to use his open-sided popemobile for some transfers.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the pope wants to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to Central African Republic, where deadly violence between Christians and Muslims has...