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Topic - Jacob Olupona
Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday in Benin called on Africa's leaders to stop depriving their people of hope and to govern responsibly, just hours before he planned to unveil a pastoral guide for the continent which attempts to use church doctrine to address Africa's problems.
Harvard Divinity School professor Jacob Olupona, a native of Nigeria, said that the pope is attempting to position the church to act as a moral voice for the continent.
"The Pope can send a message, calling the faithful and members of the Catholic community to be more true to their Christian faith," said Olupona, a former chair of the Committee on African Studies at Harvard. "What is the purpose of loving God and hating your neighbor?"