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Pope: Rid Africa of corruption.

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The Roman Catholic pope has appealed to Africans to rid the continent of corruption and to combat poverty.

Pope Benedict XVI Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism.  made the appeal during a televised address in the Angolan capital Noun 1. Angolan capital - port city on Atlantic coast; the capital and largest city of Angola

Angola, Republic of Angola - a republic in southwestern Africa on the Atlantic Ocean; achieved independence from Portugal in 1975 and was the scene of civil
 Luanda, where he arrived on Tuesday from Cameroon.

Angola is the last stop in Benedict's weeklong week·long  
Continuing through the week: a weeklong conference.

Adj. 1. weeklong - lasting through a week; "her weeklong vacation"
 tour of Africa.

He specifically urged Angola's government to do more to fight poverty and build peace after nearly three decades of civil war.

Thousands of people gathered at the airport in Luanda to see him, carrying banners saying "Welcome Pope Benedict For other uses, see Benedict.
Benedict is the regnal name of the current Roman pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI (2005–present) and has been the name of fourteen other popes (and three antipopes):
  • Pope Benedict I (575–579)
" and "Bless our country".

Benedict will say an open-air mass on Sunday which half a million people are expected to attend.

'Excise corruption'

Benedict called on Africa to show "a determination born from the conversion of hearts to excise corruption once and for all.

"Unfortunately within the borders of Angola there are still many poor people demanding that their rights be respected. Do not disappoint dis·ap·point  
v. dis·ap·point·ed, dis·ap·point·ing, dis·ap·points
1. To fail to satisfy the hope, desire, or expectation of.

 their expectations," he said in his televised address.

Benedict called for "respect and promotion of human rights, transparent governance, an independent judiciary, a free press, a civil service of integrity, a properly functioning network of schools and hospitals".

Many of those are still lacking in Angola where two-thirds of the population still live on less than $2.

A long civil war, which claimed over half a million lives and displaced displaced

see displacement.
 millions, only ended in 2002.

Since then Angola's economy has grown because of its oil and diamond exports, but is still suffering from corruption.

The country was ranked by Transparency International Transparency International (TI) is a leading international non-governmental organization addressing corruption. This includes, but is not limited to, political corruption. , a German-based organisation that highlights corruption, as among the most corrupt in the world.

The Catholic church is one of the few strong voices outside of Angola's government, with 55 per cent of the population being Catholic.

Abortion criticised

In his speech in Angola, Benedict criticised part of the African Union's charter that gives women a right to an abortion in cases of rape, incest incest, sexual relations between persons to whom marriage is prohibited by custom or law because of their close kinship. Ideas of kinship, however, vary widely from group to group, hence the definition of incest also varies.  or major health risks to the mother,

He said abortion was not a health issue.

Benedict's Africa visit has been overshadowed by his rejection of condoms in Aids prevention and his reiteration reiteration

in eukaryotes, multiple copies of certain relatively short nucleotide sequences that are repeated from a few times to millions of times; three classes are defined, single copy, moderately reiterated and highly reiterated; some occur as inverted repeats.
 of the church's ban on abortions, even in cases where the mother's life is at risk.

In remarks made on Tuesday, Benedict said that Aids "cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems".

This led to anger amid Aids activists as well as some governments, who said that Benedict's remarks could harm Aids-prevention campaigns.

Angola is one of the countries where the government is carrying out a massive nationwide campaign to promote condoms. 2003 - 2009

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