Pope Francis Visits Africa First Time In Years; Plans Reducing Tensions Between Muslims And Christians

Pope Francis Visits Africa First Time In Years; Plans Reducing Tensions Between Muslims And Christians

Pope Francis is expected to embark on his first ever trip to Africa between November 25 to 30th with Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic being the countries he would be headed as he highlights issues bothering the relationship between Christianity and Islam in these states.

The choice of countries - Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic - is based on the various extremist attacks by Islamist forces which is documented to have erupted into what international relations experts term a Muslim-Christian sectarian strife in the respective countries.

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Francis has sought to heal relations between the faiths arguing that Christians would be wrong to equate Islam with violence. But the potential for collision between the two dominant faiths in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to increase along with the population in coming decades considering the enormous stretch of deadly attacks by extremist groups there.

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Christianity and Islam in the Sub-Saharan region are both expected to have more than twice as many adherents in 2050 as they did in 2010, according to a study this year by the Pew Research Center on Religion and Public life.

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