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rom26 – Pope Benedict XVI (R) kisses a child before a mass for the local bishops and priests at sao Paolo Church in Luanda, Angola, 21 March 2009. After starting his first trip to Africa in Cameroon, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Angola on 20 March on the second leg of his week-long maiden trip as pontiff to the continent. Pope Benedict XVI on 21 March called for the further evangelization of the African continent on the second day of his first visit to Angola. Five hundred years after Catholic missionaries began converting people in present-day Angola to Christianity – the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to be evangelized – many people still lacked direction and feared unholy spirits and powers, he told a mass attended by local bishops and priests in Luanda’s Sao Paulo church.
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