It's to be hoped that the message was heeded by the throngs that came out to greet the pope. But elsewhere, especially on social media, the world heard another message.
An image taken Sunday at a camp for the internally displaced showed Francis speaking while holding a microphone, his other hand poised horizontally.
It led to a hilarious, if irreverent, meme: Twitter users imagined the pontiff as a rapper and gave him appropriate lyrics using the hashtag #popebars. Here's a sampling of what followed.
The Post's Elahe Izadi got in on the act:
And some observers tried to return the conversation to the issues actually vexing the Central African Republic. New York-based journalist Siddhartha Mitter name-checked two warring factions:
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