November 18, 2011. (Romereports.com)
During the flight to Benin, the pope held a brief meeting with reporters. He said that to actually help Africa good intentions are not enough. Instead, he said, concrete action is needed. Actions that go beyond selfishness.
When asked about the rise of Evangelical and Pentecostal movements in Africa, he said, even though they “are successful, they have little stability.”
He then added that Christianity shouldn't be seen as something that's complicated or exclusively European. Through its liturgy, the Catholic Church should convey a simple message that's concrete and understandable for anyone.
The Pope described Benin as a country of peace. He also made it a point to mention its religious co-existence.
The pope arrived at Cotonou's international airport at roughly 3:00 p.m. This marks the pope's second trip to Africa and his 22nd outside of Italy.