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The Latest: Pope Francis makes trip into Muslim enclave of Central African Republic capital

  • Pope Francis arrives with the  popemobile to celebrate a mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, during his visit in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Pope Francis arrives with the popemobile to celebrate a mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, during his visit in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis, flanked by the Imam Tidjani of the Koudoukou mosque, meets with the Muslim community at the Koudoukou mosque on the occasion of his visit, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Pope Francis, flanked by the Imam Tidjani of the Koudoukou mosque, meets with the Muslim community at the Koudoukou mosque on the occasion of his visit, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis, flanked by the Imam Tidjani of the Koudoukou mosque, meets with the Muslim community at the Koudoukou mosque, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Pope Francis, flanked by the Imam Tidjani of the Koudoukou mosque, meets with the Muslim community at the Koudoukou mosque, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

8:45 a.m.

Pope Francis is making a rare trip to a besieged Muslim enclave inside Central African Republic on the second day of his trip to the country wracked by sectarian violence.

The pope journeyed early Monday into the neighborhood known as PK5 that has been a flashpoint of recent violence.

The visit is part of the message of peace and reconciliation that Pope Francis has been bringing to Central African Republic, where sectarian violence exploded nearly two years ago.

The violence has forced most of the capital's 122,000 Muslims to flee for their lives, with only 15,000 now remaining.

Francis had insisted on coming to the neighborhood to appeal for peace despite the security concerns.