- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

LUANDA, ANGOLA (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI is making one final appeal on his African pilgrimage, urging Angola’s leaders to make the needs of the country’s poor their prime concern.

In his airport departure speech Monday, the pontiff also called for solidarity among nations and continents so that there will be a fairer distribution of Earth’s resources for all people.

Benedict was wrapping up a seven-day African pilgrimage, his first as pontiff. He visited Cameroon and Angola, each with large Christian populations.

The pope held out Christianity’s message as a way to inspire hope. But his rejection of condoms as a way to fight Africa’s AIDS epidemic provoked a firestorm of criticism during his visit.

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