Pope heads to Benin on Africa visit
18 November 2011, 13:40
Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Benin on Friday, marking his second visit to Africa in a nation considered the heartland of voodoo and after his 2009 trip to the continent led to an outcry over condoms.
He is expected to be welcomed by tens of thousands of Benin citizens as well as pilgrims from West Africa and beyond during the three-day visit that will culminate with a mass on Sunday in a stadium in the economic capital Cotonou.
Benedict is to arrive Friday afternoon for the trip that will also take
the 84-year-old pontiff to Ouidah, a city heavy with symbolism as a
centre of voodoo and which served as a major slave trading port.
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