Shun witchcraft, Pope tells Angolans
Philip Pullella, Reuters
Published: Sunday, March 22, 2009
Pope Benedict yesterday urged Catholics in Angola to shun witchcraft and woo back those who have left the Catholic church to join other religious groups, including some that believe in spirits and sorcerers.
The 81-year-old Pope, showing signs of fatigue in the humid heat, said a mass for several thousand people inside a church as thousands followed the service outside.
In his homily, he urged his listeners to reach out to those Angolans who believe in witchcraft and spirits. "So many of them are living in fear of spirits, of malign and threatening powers. In their bewilderment they even end up condemning street children and the elderly as alleged sorcerers," he said.