THE texts of five special messages written by Pope John shortly before his death and addressed to five countries of Fast Africa. have been released this week.
The messages were to have been conveyed by Cardinal Agagianian, Prefect of the Sacred Congrega
toon for the Propagation of the Faith, during a special visit he had planned for June 1I-July 8 to Uganda, Tanganyika, Nyasaland,
This would have been the Cardinal's first official visit to Africa. It had been planned in the pastoral and missionary atmosphere of the Vatican Council, and had in eluded meetings with hierarchies, government leaders and other authorities as well as the clergy and people.
Cathedrals were to have been blessed at Zomba, Ndola and Nairobi. Also to have been
blessed was the new chapel of the Kenya Regional Seminary.
To UGANDA Pope John wrote of "those venerated martyrs who have given, not only to their own people hut to all Christian communities in Africa and elsewhere. the glorious and undying example of heroic fidelity to Christ in the face of torture and death".
In sending greetings to Cardinal Rugambwa and President Nyrere
of TANGANYIKA, Pope John promised his prayers and expressed the hope that the new Republic would hay peace and plenty and "be among the nations of the world, an example of God-inspired ideals, with due respect for the rights of man."
To NYASALAND the late Pope wrote of his "warm solicitude for the growth of the Church in that territory"; he spoke of "the achievements of the Church in beloved RHODESIA", and to "our deaf people of KENYA" he wrok of his hopes that "the new nation would have a place "worthy of the God-implanted aspirations of her ancient peoples".
Northern Rhodesia and Kenya.