Today, on the second day of his first visit to Africa, pope Benedict XVI met in Yaoundé in Cameroon a large delegation of the Community of Sant'Egidio, including the participants in the DREAM course for french-speaking Africa , accompanied by representatives of the Community of the Cameroon. Guineans, congolese and cameroonese people joyfully welcomed the pope with songs and applauses. The meeting took place in the Nunciature where the Pope resides in these days, on the Febé Mount, that overlooks the town.
After having greeted affectionately the present, Benedict XVI told to have "talked about you during the journey and of your work against AIDS". "I know your work – continued – and all what you do. I pray for you. Pray for me too".
The participants in the course were introduced to the pope. He has been reported with the news and the success of the DREAM program in Africa, now implemented in 10 countries of the continent. A particular stress was given to the fact that the treatment is complete and free, true answer to the AIDS challenge. Treatment is also the true prevention.
Taking leave, the Pope addressed to all a goodwish greeting: "DREAM! A dream become reality!". The previous evening participants in the course together with the Community of the Cameroon had been greeting the pope on his arrival in Yaoundé with banners of welcome and songs at his passage.
Yesterday, during the flight towards the Cameroon, the Pope had praised the commitment against AIDS of many catholic organizations and had mentioned in particular Sant'Egidio.