African musicians sing on Vatican CD

2011-11-14 15:33

Vatican City -Three popular African singers have released a CD in collaboration with Vatican Radio to spread the message of the African Synod and mark the pope's upcoming trip to Benin, the Vatican said on Monday.

The most famous is Congolese rumba musician Papa Wemba - who says he underwent a spiritual conversion while serving time in 2003 for smuggling Congolese nationals into France by pretending they were part of his road crew.

He will be joined by Semba singer and peace promoter Bonga and Fifito from Guinea.

Three pontiffs

The anthology, titled Africa Tenda Amani! - meaning "Africa Make Peace!" in Swahili - will be offered to all African bishops and Catholic radio stations before being released for general sale.

The songs are inspired by the synod's themes of justice and reconciliation.

Some tracks are accompanied by the voices of the three pontiffs who have travelled to Africa: Paul VI, John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Benedict will travel to Benin on Friday for a short visit, returning home on Sunday.


  • Matthew - 2011-11-14 15:48

    They should record that Malema song.

  • Fred - 2011-11-14 16:08

    Another story about the Hitler Youth member, anti-birth control, anti-abortion, anti-homosexual and anti-aircraft bigot in a dress with a folded napkin on his head who rides around in a fishtank on the back of a pick-ip truck and prays to a man who is his own father. He has nothing to offer Africa. Pope Benedict: 1. opposes women’s rights, gay equality, embryonic stem cell research, death with dignity and the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV; 2. played a key role in the cover-up of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy; 3. has rehabilitated the Holocaust-denying bishop Richard Williamson, and even though Pope Pius XII failed to speak out against the Holocaust he plans to make him a saint; 4. opposes universal equality and human rights. Sadly the Catholic Church is it has forgotten its fundamental mission: to protect the flock, not the shepherd.

      Trevor Lovell - 2011-11-14 17:39

      Oddly, the Vatican has just wrapped a three day conference on stem cell research, which it organised. The gist was that we can do SCR using the placenta, a birth waste product rather than thousands of living embryos. I'm not certain I understand point 4. Human rights and dignity are at the core of what the church teaches. Similarly with equal rights. Part of the catechism I teach featured an entire term on social justice.

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