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Pope will visit Africa from November 18th to the 20th

During his meeting with bishops, the Pope will sign an apostolic exhortation. It?s a document where all Catholics of the continent are called to engage in reconciliation while also promoting justice and peace. The text was done after African Bishops met back in October 2009. Andrè Quenum Spokesperson, Pope?s trip to Benin"Africa needs more than water or food reconciliation. Because potentially we have water and food, but there are no conditions to obtain them. We must create conditions to take advantage of our resources. " The Pope?s trip coincides with the 150th anniversary of Christianity in Benin. In his trip, he?ll also honor Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, who died three years ago in his native country of Benin. That Cardinal was the only person appointed to a high ranking Vatican post by John Paul I. He was president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and the Congregation of Bishops. He was also Dean of the College of Cardinals from 1993 to 2002. At the age of 80 he returned to his home country where he died in 2008. JMB/KLHRR JM -PN