Pope, on plane, says church can help Africa address its problems

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO CAMEROON (CNS) — Making his first trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI said the Catholic Church can help bring answers to the continent’s chronic problems, including poverty, AIDS and tribalism.

Speaking to reporters aboard his Alitalia chartered jet March 17, the pope strongly defended the church’s efforts to fight AIDS and said condom distribution only made the problem worse.

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