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Others will brave rebel and militia checkpoints to travel to Bangui from the rest of the country, and believers from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo will cross the Ubangi River in pirogues to catch a glimpse of the pope.
Caption: A woman sells cassava on the banks of the Ubangi River near the border between the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo in February.
UNHCR says that, amid the insecurity and food shortages, many women and children from Bangui have fled across the Ubangi River to seek refuge in Zongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
More than 45 passengers have drowned after a boat struck a rock and sank in the Ubangi river in the Democratic Republic of Congo, government officials say.