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Benedict in Benin: Day 1 Recap

It has been a whirlwind of a day for Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican officials. They are currently in the midst of the Holy Father’s 22nd apostolic voyage, which is taking place in the small West African nation of Benin.

The Pope left Rome’s Fiumicino Airport around 9:00am (Rome time). During the six-hour flight, he took the opportunity to answer several questions from reporters who were part of the press corps traveling with him.

He landed at Cotonou’s Cardinal Bernardin Gantin International Airport at around 3:00pm, where he was greeted by the President of Benin, Yayi Boni. In a welcoming address to the nation, Pope Benedict touched upon the issue of modernity, as the country continues its transition from its traditional past.
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