Pope Benedict XVI has called for the Church in Angola and throughout Africa to be a sign before the world of that unity to which the whole human family is called, through faith in Christ the Redeemer.

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Papal message for Africa

Look to the future with hope: trust in God; reconciliation is the fruit of inner change. This was the message Pope Benedict XVI repeated during his homily this Sunday, as he revisited the violent conflict that has marked the history of Angola until recent times. Pope Benedict said he went to Africa to preach this message of forgiveness, hope and new life in Christ, and called on all the faithful to realize that the Church, in Angola and throughout Africa, is meant to be a sign before the world of that unity to which the whole human family is called, through faith in Christ the Redeemer.

The Pope discussed past and present ills of society, including war, tribal and ethnic hatred, threats to the family and human dignity, and said the Word of God continues to show us the truth about the human person. The Holy Father called on the faithful to work toward the common good and to follow their pastors’ generous example. He asked young people to work especially hard for the future of the Church and for Angola.

“Here in southern Africa, said Pope Benedict during the Angelus, let us ask our Lady in a particular way to intercede for peace, the conversion of hearts, and an end to the conflict in the neighbouring Great Lakes region.”