Vatican — The president of the Episcopal Conference of Angola and Sao Tome (CEAST), Dom Gabriel Mbilingui said that the canonization of Pope John Paul II on Sunday is meant to dignify a figure who much contributed to the pacification of spirits of the Angolan youth.
The prelate was speaking this Friday in Vatican to the press ahead of the canonization ceremony of the Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday.
The church authority said that the time is extremely important as the latter was the first to set foot on the Angolan soil, considered a historic occasion of the country.
According to Mbilingui, all this makes the Angolan people feel happy with the recognition of the Holy Father.
Another important aspect, he said, has to do with Angola to be the first country to receive a papal visit in Africa.
He explained that despite the situation of conflict at the time (1992), the country benefitted from blessing by the Pope John Paul II.