Angola awaits second visit of a Pope with message of peace

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Luanda: March 16, 2009. The Republic of Angola will receive from 20 to 23 March, for the second time in its history, the visit of a Pope, after the visit of John Paul II in June 1992.

This visit happens at a time when the Angolan authorities take measures to tackle the cases of gender violence that lately have been emerging in the whole of the national territory. Benedict XVI brings to Angola a message of peace and reconciliation, aiming at uniting families and providing the well-being of all citizens according to the Holy Bible. The media in recent days have reported cases of adult sexual abuse of children and couples who for one reason or another get into fighting, even causing the loss of lives. According to testimony of several personalities, both religious and political, the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI is an extremely important moment for Angola and Africa as they prepare the African Synod to be held in October this year in Rome, and it celebrates the fifth centenary of the evangelisation of the continent by the Catholic Church. According to opinions, the faith of believers will be strengthened as they hear the message of the top leader of the Catholic Church worldwide, which by his experience and sense of peace will certainly advise all Angolans to stop violence. In Angola, the Pope will meet with the diplomats in Luanda, to appeal to the international community about its responsibilities in Africa. The Pope's meetings with the faithful will take place in Yaounde on 19 March, and in Luanda on the 22nd in two masses. Meetings are expected to happen with heads of charity organisations, youths and women associations.

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