Tuesday, 17 March , during the flight to Yaoundé, Cameroon, on his
first Apostolic Visit to Africa, the Holy Father answered the questions
of six of the journalists on the papal flight.
Yaoundé, Nsimalen International Airport:
On Tuesday, 17 March 2009, the Holy Father
arrived at Nsimalen Internation Airport of Yaoundé,
Cameroon, where he greeted President Paul Biya
and civil authorities, as well
as Cardinal Christian Tumi, Archbishop
Tonyé Bakot, and all Bishops present.
Recalling how Christ commissioned Peter to strengthen his brothers, the
Pope has come strengthen his brothers in Africa.
Christ-Roi Church: Meeting with the
Bishops of Cameroon
On Wednesday, 18 March 2009, the Holy Father met with the Bishops of
Cameroon at the Church of Christ-Roi in Tsinga - Yaoundé. The Pope spoke
of the "urgent need to proclaim the Gospel to everyone," encouraging the
Bishops to maintain close communion with one another, and to see to the
proper formation of candidates for the priesthood.
Yaoundé, Basilica Marie Reine des Apôtres:
On Wednesday evening, 18 March 2009, the Holy Father celebrated Vespers
at the Basilica of Marie Reine des Apôtres in Mvolyé, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
In his address, the Pope spoke on fatherhood, evoking the example of St.
Joseph, who, though not the biological father of Christ, suffered
persecution, exile, and poverty for the sake of his Son.
Meeting with Representatives of
Cameroon's Muslim Community
On Thursday, 19 March 2009, the Holy Father met with representatives of
the Muslim Community of Cameroon at the Apostolic Nunciature of Yaoundé.
The Pope expressed his conviction that it is an urgent task of religion
today to "unveil the vast potential of human reason."
Ahidjo Stadium: Holy Mass
On Thursday, 19 March 2009, the Feast of Saint Joseph, the Holy Father
celebrated Holy Mass at Amadou Ahidjo Stadium, on the occasion of the
publication of the Instrumentum Laboris of the Second Special Assembly
for Africa of the Synod of Bishops . The Pope warned that only God can
give strength to the family, against the tyranny of materialism, which
deceives the people with selfish illusions and false ideals.
the Instrumentum Laboris
Following the Mass at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium, 19 March 2009, the
Holy Father published the Instrumentum Laboris with these words.
Cardinal Léger national Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled:
Meeting with the Sick
Thursday afternoon, 19 March 2009, the Holy Father met with the sick and
suffering at the Cardinal Paul Emile Léger Centre - CNRH of Yaoundé. In
his address, the Pope spoke of Simon of Cyrene, an African, suggesting
that every African who suffers belongs to the family of Simon, helping
Christ to carry His Cross, in the hope that they may one day rise with
Apostolic Nunciature: Meeting with the Special Council of the
Synod for Africa
On Thursday evening, 19
March 2008, the Holy Father met with members of the Special Council for
Africa of the Synod of Bishops at the Apostolic Nunciature of Yaoundé.
In his address, the Pope first summarized the history of Christianity in
Africa, then suggested some reflections on the theme of the upcoming
Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, viz.,
reconciliation, justice and peace.
International Airport: Farewell Ceremony
On Friday morning, 20 March 2009, the Holy Father bade farewell to
Cameroon at the Nsimalen International Airport of Yaoundé. The Pope
recalled highlights of his visit, invoking God's blessing on Cameroon as
"Africa in miniature."
Luanda, 4 de Fevereiro International Airport:
On Friday morning, 20
March 2009, the Holy Father arrived at 4 de Fevereiro
International Airport of Luanda, where he greeted President
José Eduardo dos
Santos, other civil and military authorities, and his brother Bishops.
Luanda, Presidential Palace: Meeting with
Political, Civil Authorities and with Diplomatic Corps
On Friday afternoon, 20 March 2009, the Holy Father visited the
President of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, at the presidential palace
in Luanda. The Pope delivered an address to political leaders and
the diplomatic corps, reminding them that Africa's development is not
primarily a matter of programs and protocols, but of "conversion of
hearts to sincere solidarity."
Luanda, Apostolic Nunciature: Meeting with
the Bishops of Angola and São
On Friday evening, 20 March
, following Archbishop Franklin's welcome speech, the Holy Father
spoke to the Bishops of Angola and of
in the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature in Luanda, where he later
dined with the Bishops and his entourage.
Luanda, St Paul's Church: Mass
On Saturday morning, 21 March 2009, at the church of São Paolo in Luanda, Pope
Benedict XVI gave the following homily, speaking of the patron of the
church and the city, St. Paul the Apostle.
Luanda, Stadio dos Coqueiros: Meeting with
On the afternoon of Saturday 21 March 2009, Pope Benedict addressed the
youth of Angola at the stadium of the Coconut Palms (Dos Coqueiros),
speaking of the newness of life in Christ, the seed of divine life they
have been given and are called to sow, and even of their doubts.
Luanda, Cimangola Square: Homily at Mass with
the Bishops of IMBISA
On Sunday morning, 22 March 2009, the Holy Father celebrated the Mass with the
Bishops of the "Inter-regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa" (IMBISA),
giving the homily. Following the Mass he lead them in the Angelus and
gave a brief discourse.
Luanda, Parish of Saint Anthony: Meeting with
Catholic Movements for the Promotion of Women
On Sunday afternoon, 22 March 2009, at the Parish of Santo António, the Holy
Father met with the members of movements who work for the welfare of
women. Speaking of the role of women in society, in marriage and family
life, he called for the promotion of the dignity of women.
Luanda, 4 de Fevereiro International Airport:
On Monday morning, 23 March 2009, at the conclusion of his apostolic journey to
Cameroon and Angola, Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the civil and
ecclesiastical dignitaries gathered at the airport in Luanda for a
departure ceremony. thanking them for the courtesy which he was shown,
and appealing to them to provide for the fundamental goods of the
neediest of society.