#PopeInAfrica: Did Francis tackle all the right issues?

Pope Francis waves as he visits the Koudoukou school after leaving the Central Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic on November 30.

(CNN)Pope Francis received a warm welcome in Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic on his whistle-stop tour of the three African nations. A man not known to pull his punches, he was on a mission to address some of the hard-hitting issues affecting the region. But did he cover them all?

As he made his way across the continent we asked you to send in your #MessageToThePope and share what issues you thought he should raise.
Here's what you said -- and what Pope Francis said too.


    Above all what you desired was for the pope to preach love for one another:
    Issue addressed? YES
    It was a sentiment he spread throughout his appearances, calling on believers and non-believers alike to embrace their common humanity:


    The Catholic community in Africa has grown at a rate of 238% since 1980 -- a population close to 200 million strong. The continent as a whole has 1.1 billion citizens, and by 2050 three of the world's top ten most populous nations will be in Africa according to one survey. It was no surprise then that employment, living conditions and living standards were issues you raised:
    Issue addressed? YES
    Francis visited the Kangemi slum in Nairobi, meeting Sister Mari Killeen, known as Kenya's Mother Teresa, in a private audience on November 27. Talking in the shantytown he described injustices against the less fortunate as "new forms of colonialism," stating that the "dreadful injustice of social exclusion" leaves the poor with an unfair distribution of land, lack of access to infrastructure and minimal basic services.


    An inescapable issue, corruption was among the most prevalent topics in your responses:
    Issue addressed? YES
    Not only did the pope shine a spotlight on the murky practices of governments -- he turned it on himself. "[Corruption is] not just in politics," he said in a speech to bishops at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi. "It is in all institutions, including in the Vatican, there are cases of corruption."
    "Each time when we accept a bribe and we put it in in our pockets, we destroy our hearts, we destroy our personalities and we destroy our country."

    Birth control

    It's a perennial issue for the Church and one that ranked high on your agenda:
    Issue addressed? NO
    Nowhere in Pope Francis' speeches in Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic did he highlight the issue of birth control. And when pressed by the media on the return flight to Rome, the pope compared condoms to "band aids" and argued there were more pressing issues at hand.
    He has previously been quoted as saying that "some think that... in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits. No," arguing instead for "responsible parenthood." However Francis maintains that "God gives you methods to be responsible" -- or rather, that the Vatican is opposed to artificial birth control, a point made explicit by Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to Cameroon in 2009.


    The pope's visit included a stop in Central African Republic, an active warzone and a first for Francis. Close to one million people have been displaced in the country since the outbreak of war in 2013, but it was not the only conflict you raised:
    "As we look to the future, let us pray that all men and women see themselves as brothers and sisters, united in and through our differences."
    He put this notion into action in Bangui, Central African Republic, meeting with Muslim public leaders at a multi-faith gathering at the Koudoukou mosque in the capital on November 30.


    Pope Francis' message of tolerance was sought by some of you in matters beyond war:
    Issue addressed? MAYBE
    Uganda is a country in which its LGBT community has been persecuted, either on the streets or in government policy. In light of some of his earlier remarks, many thought the pope would preach tolerance of homosexuality; however there seemed scant evidence of a direct intervention.
    Nevertheless, there were some veiled comments. In Uganda he urged people to treat "everyone with dignity and not exclud[e] anyone," and in a prepared speech at a meeting of clergymen at St Mary's Church in Kampala he did say "May we never forget that our 'yes' to Jesus is a 'yes' to his people" -- perhaps a nudge to priests that believers come in all shapes, sizes and indeed, sexual preferences.


    As COP21 begins in Paris, plenty of you messaged us about your concerns regarding climate change:
    Issue addressed? YES
    Pope Francis had been in Kenya less than 24 hours before he raised the matter, touching on the "grave environmental crisis" in a speech at State House, Nairobi.
    The pope also went on to talk at length about ecological issues, visiting the U.N. Environmental Program Headquarters in the Kenyan capital, and arguing that illegal poaching "fuels political instability, organized crime and terrorism."