Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Why the Pope Loves Africa

A couple of years ago, I tuned in to EWTN and came upon live video of Pope Benedict saying Mass in Africa. It renewed my love for him.

It must have been 110 degrees in the shade, and there was His Holiness in full vestments. Indoors, or under a tent. No breeze. He was wearing not just priestly vestments, of course, but, you know, the whole suit of holy armor. And these beautiful, crazy African men and women were singing and boogying in front of him, in some language I didn’t need to understand to know it was joyous. And the Pope. Just. Smiled.

He must have been sweating holy water.

It wasn’t this scene, but this scene gives you the idea.—

In Chiesa yesterday was a piece on the Pope and Africa. Read it.

Benedict calls Africa “the lung of the Church.” The Pope has visited Africa twice already. Of the 74 new Cardinal Electors he has created, 7 are African or basically 10 percent.

In 2011, the Pope told journalists:

“The freshness of Africa’s yes to life and the youthfulness that is found there, so full of enthusiasm and hope as well as humour and liveliness, show us that Africa has a reserve of humanity, there is still a freshness about its religious sense and its hope. [...] So I would say that the fresh humanism found in Africa’s young soul, despite all the problems of today and tomorrow, shows that Africa still has a reserve of life and vitality for the future, on which we can depend.”

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