African Catholic bishops see pope’s November visit as way to ignite faith

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Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia of Bossangoa, Central African Republic, speaks with Catholic News Service in Washington Nov. 19. Bishop Nongo said more than 35,000 people are living on the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa, seeking protection from rebels who are targeting Christians. Photo by Bob Roller, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia of Bossangoa, Central African Republic, speaks with Catholic News Service in Washington Nov. 19. Bishop Nongo said more than 35,000 people are living on the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa, seeking protection from rebels who are targeting Christians. Photo by Bob Roller, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Francis plans to visit the Central African Republic, then Uganda, and will possibly stop in Kenya in his first visit to the continent as pope.