Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze says Pope Benedict’s upcoming visit to Benin will leave at the back a positive and lasting legacy for all Africans.
“Catholics, other Christians in Africa and, indeed, those who are not Christian are all worried in this visit,” the cardinal told Vatican Radio on Nov. 17.
Cardinal Arinze, 79, will accompany Pope Benedict on his three day visit to the small West African state which starts tomorrow. The Cardinal served as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship until 2008 when he retired.
The primary reason for the Pope’s visit is to permit the pontiff to sign the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation from 2009's synod of African bishops in Rome. The document—which is the Pope’s own response to that meeting—aims to help chart a path for the prospect of the Church in Africa.