In Cameroon, pope asks bishops to lead new evangelization efforts

Pope Benedict XVI receives a gift from a bishop during a meeting at the Church of Christ the King in Yaounde, Cameroon, March 18. (CNS/Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI receives a gift from a bishop during a meeting at the Church of Christ the King in Yaounde, Cameroon, March 18. (CNS/Reuters)

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI, on his first full day in Africa, encouraged Cameroon’s bishops to be strong preachers of the Gospel and vigilant shepherds on matters of priestly formation and behavior, liturgical dignity and Christian marriage.

Emphasizing the church’s missionary task, the pope said bishops must first of all be religious educators and men of prayer in order to lead the way of evangelization. He met with Cameroon’s 31 bishops March 18 in the Church of Christ the King in the Tsinga quarter of Yaounde, the capital of the country on Africa’s west coast.

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