Pope Draws 60K in Cameroon

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 12:12 PM CDT
Pope Draws 60K in Cameroon
Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he leaves after a special mass at the Amadou Ahidjo stadium, in Yaounde, Cameroon, Thursday, March 19, 2009.    (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Roughly 60,000 people packed a soccer stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon, today to hear Pope Benedict XVI’s first giant African mass, the BBC reports. The pontiff used his sermon to warn the throngs of the dangers of urbanization and materialism. Earlier, Benedict met with Cameroon’s Muslim leaders, and said the peaceful relationship between the country’s Christians and Muslims should be a “beacon to other African nations.” (Read more Pope Benedict XVI stories.)

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