Monday, March 16, 2009

Benedict XVI's African Visit

Source: Vatican You Tube

EWTN will have complete coverage of the Pope's trip to Africa:

Pope Benedict XVI travels to Cameroon and Angola

In preparation for the October 2009 Synod of Bishop’s meeting, which will focus on the Church in Africa. EWTN will be there to cover the Celebration of Vespers with local clergy and representatives of ecclesial movements. Then, the Holy Father marks Angola’s 500th anniversary of evangelization by meeting with the president of the Republic of Angola and making an address to political leaders and the diplomatic corps.

Full EWTN programming notes here.

Catholic News Agency provides further insight into this trip:

Benedict announced that he will visit Yaoundé, Cameroon and Luanda, Angola and asked for prayers from all to his patron saint, St. Joseph. During his visit to Africa from March 17-23, Benedict XVI will celebrate his name day on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19.

“St. Joseph,” Pope Benedict said, “warned by an angel in a dream, had to flee with Mary to Egypt, in northeast Africa, in order to protect the newborn Jesus, whom Herod wanted to kill. This fulfilled the Scriptures: Jesus trod in the footsteps of the ancient patriarchs, and, like the people of Israel, he returned to the Promised Land after being in exile in Egypt.”

“I entrust to the heavenly intercession of this great Saint the upcoming pilgrimage and the populations of Africa as a whole, with the challenges that mark them and the hopes that animate them,” the Pope added. “In particular, I think of the victims of hunger, of disease, of injustice, of fratricidal conflicts and of every form of violence that continues to afflict adults and children, without sparing missionaries, priests, religious and volunteers."

In Yaoundé, Cameroon, the Holy Father will present to the bishops of Africa the working document of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, which will be held in October 2009 at the Vatican. In Angola, he said, he will visit a country that “after its long internal war has regained peace and is now called to rebuild itself in justice.” (Read entire article)

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