Pope Benedict visited Cameroon and Angola to foster hope and reconciliation ahead of the Africa Synod that was held at the Vatican in October 2009. It was his first visit to Africa as Pope, although he did visit the continent - the Democratic Republic of Congo - as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 1987. This was the third Papal visit to Cameroon - the second to Angola. The Holy Father's predecessor, Pope John Paul II visited Cameroon in 1985 and 1995 and Angola in 1992. Cameroon is reported to have five million practicing Catholics of its 17 million population. Angola has some 8.6 million Catholics from a population of 16.5 million. The Holy Father met the presidents of both countries - Paul Biya of Cameroon and José Eduardo dos Santos of Angola and also met with representatives of Cameroon’s large Muslim population at the Apostolic Nunciature of Yaoundé. He visited a local hospital in Cameroon before travelling to Angola where he affirmed movements promoting the dignity of women and gathered alongside some of Angola's young people at the Stadio dos Coqueiros in Luanda. He'll also meet with the the bishops of both countries.
I am delighted to meet you in this house which Angola has given to the Successor of Peter – ordinarily in the person of his Representative – as a visible exp...Read more
Thank you for the welcome you have extended to me. And thank you, Mr President, for your kind words. I greatly appreciate the invitation to visit Cameroon, a...Read more