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Pope Benedict visits western Africa to outline the Catholic Church's future on the continent

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Pope Benedict XVI waves from the pope-mobile as he leaves the Cathedral in Cotonou during his pastoral visit in Benin on Nov. 18, 2011. Pope Benedict urged African nations to resist the temptation to surrender to market forces as they grow and modernise.

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COTONOU, Benin -- Pope Benedict's first trip to Africa two years ago was overshadowed by his controversial comments, when he drew criticism on this continent ravaged by HIV/AIDS for saying that condom distribution was increasing the problem. This time the pope is hoping to present a document on how church doctrine can be used to solve the continent's ills, drawing on ideas provided by African bishops themselves.

"May this document fall into the ground and take root, grow and bear much fruit," the pope said upon arrival. Read more

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Women dance during Pope Benedict XVI's welcoming ceremony at the Bernadin Gantin airport in Benin.

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People wave as Pope Benedict XVI passes on the street in Benin's main city Cotonou.



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