December 5, 2011


People raise the flag of Benin as they cheer before Pope Benedict's Mass at the stadium in Cotonou, Benin, Nov. 20.

Pope Benedict said his second trip to Africa left him convinced that the joy and faith of the continent's people – especially the young – represent a hope for all humanity.

The pope made the remarks at his general audience Nov. 23, three days after returning from a weekend visit to Benin in West Africa.

The pope said the visit, in particular the "unforgettable" Mass he celebrated for 50,000 people in a Cotonou stadium, showed that faith in Christ is capable of uniting generations and responding to their expectations.

"Through the joy and enthusiasm of the entire population, especially the children who represent the future, one could see the freshness of the 'yes' to life and the perception of reality in its connection with God," he said.