Saturday, November 19, 2011

Benedict in Benin: Day 1


The Pope left Rome’s Fiumicino Airport around 9:00am (Rome time). During the six-hour flight, he took the opportunity to answer several questions from reporters who were part of the press corps traveling with him.
He landed at Cotonou’s Cardinal Bernardin Gantin International Airport at around 3:00pm, where he was greeted by the President of Benin, Yayi Boni. In a welcoming address to the nation, Pope Benedict touched upon the issue of modernity, as the country continues its transition from its traditional past.
Immediately following the welcoming ceremony, the Pope made his way to Cotonou’s Notre Dame des Apôtres Cathedral where he led a prayer service

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