Pope Benedict Wraps Up Africa Trip

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Hundreds of thousands of people braved scorching heat to hear Pope Benedict XVI in person near the Angolan capital Sunday. The open-air Mass capped Benedict's first trip to Africa as pontiff.



You're listening to the joyful music sung yesterday as Pope Benedict capped his first visit to Africa as pontiff.


MONTAGNE: As many as a million people turned out in the scorching heat for a huge open-air mass on the outskirts of Angola's capital, Luanda. The Pope spoke about Angola's long civil war, which ended in 2002 after more than a quarter- century of fighting. He said that it was an all too familiar experience for the continent as a whole.

As he wiped his brow in the heat, the Pope warned of something many of the crowd knew firsthand - war, he say, can destroy everything of value.

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