POPE’S VISIT TO BENIN

Pope BeninAfrica, land of hope

Franco Moretti, Editor of Nigrizia

On 18–20 November, Pope Benedict XVI visited the country of Benin where he consigned the document Africae Munus, based on the Second African Synod of 2009. Its reflections will guide the pastoral activities of Christian communities in the coming years. The following is a summary of his visit

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ETHIOPIA

Land of the crossLand of the Cross.

Bianca Berg-Mathiassen

Symbol of the country’s ancient spiritual roots, the Cross is a sign of the deep religiosity of the people of Ethiopia. Every Christian wears or carries a cross. Every monk holds a cross in his hands, using it to bless people who continuously seek its spiritual power. Each year on September 26, the great festival of Meskal is celebrated and attended by large crowds in Meskael Square in honour of the finding of the true Cross. Continue reading