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World Briefing / Angola

Pope concludes travels in Africa

March 24, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Pope Benedict XVI made one final appeal at the close of his African pilgrimage, urging more solidarity among nations and continents so that Earth's resources are more equally shared with the world's poor.

In his airport departure speech, the pontiff also urged Angola's leaders to make "the fundamental aspirations of the most needy people" their main concern.

"Our hearts cannot be at peace as long as there are brothers that suffer the lack of food, work, a house and other fundamental goods," the 81-year-old pontiff said, standing in sweltering heat under a canopy near the chartered Alitalia plane that later flew him back to Rome.

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