Religion: The Pope to Africa: Mvidi Mukulu

A pilgrimage to a continent where Christianity is flourishing if

God has chosen you from among all people to help us," chanted a chorus of women over and over and over again in the Lingala dialect. A few feet away, tribesmen with arrow-pierced cheeks and clad in striped costumes performed a zebra dance. Others waved shining spears in greeting. Women of the Ekonda tribe, their breasts modestly covered for the occasion, swayed and sang to the rhythm of drums.

In the middle of the din at N'jili International Airport outside Kinshasa, the capital of Zaïre,...

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