If you look at the video of yesterday's Angelus, what is most striking is the number of people present, the square seems almost half full. Again and again the Pope attracts huge crowds.
In his Sunday Angelus Pope Benedict XVI spoke of his deeply moving journey to Angola and Cameroon, saying it allowed him to see and under stand the reality of the Church in Africa, the variety of its experiences and the many challenges that it faces. Promising to speak at greater length of his trip in his Wednesday audience, the Pope went on to underline two aspects which he said struck him most. First the peoples visible joy, their joy of being a part of Gods family; and secondly, the strong sense of the sacred which permeated the liturgical celebrations.