In another key event today in Benin, Pope Benedict formally signed the Apostolic Exhortation for Africa. The exhortation is titled “Africae Munus”, which means “The Commitment of Africa”. This text is the result of the 2009 Synod of Bishops for Africa.
The document touches upon issues such as sacraments, dialogue between various religions and social justice.
The signing occurred during the visit to the the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Ouidah. Prior to this, the Holy Father met with priests, seminarians, and religious in the courtyard of St. Gall Seminary.
He moved on to meet the many children of St. Rita’s Parish in Cotonou at the Peace and Joy Centre, which is run by the Missionaries of Charity.