Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pope Benedict at today's Angelus: Church in Cameroon and Angola has "filled my shepherd's heart with joy."

11.30 this morning St. Peter's Square: African students in Rome mounted a demonstration, in solidarity with Pope Benedict. They remained to pray the Angelus with him and the rest of the animated and supportive crowd. I wish I could have heard them but kto had no sound today, for which the commentatary repeatedly apologised. The Square was almost full. It seemed to me that there were many more slogan-bearing banners than usual. The kto camera zoomed on one which said simply 'AFRICA THE POPE' with a red heart between the first and second words.

Warmly and joyfully, the Holy Father made his reciprocal love abundantly clear. He indicated that he could not, in today's brief allocution, do justice to his African voyage, but he promised to enter into it more fully at the next General Audience on Wednesday.

(This will be broadcast on kto at 09.30 BST)

In Christo pro Papa

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