Pope Francis arrives for the afternoon session of the Synod of bishops, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Pope Francis expressed hope Sunday he can still visit the Central African Republic this month despite what he called a worrisome flare-up of violence in that conflict-torn country.Francis' remarks Sunday to a crowd of faithful in St. Peter's Square raised the possibility that security risks could cause the Central African Republic leg of his trip to change or even be scrapped.Security concerns have weighed heavily on papal pilgrimages in the past.In 1979, Pope John Paul canceled a stop in Northern Ireland after the IRA assassinated Lord Louis Mountbatten a month before the pontiff's scheduled arrival.
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