.- African students in Rome have convened a large protest to remind the international community of the inalienable rights of Africans, express their disagreement with the distortion of Pope Benedict XVIâs comments on condoms and with the companies seeking to profit from selling prophylactics in Africa.
Vatican Radio reported that the gathering will take place on Sunday, March 29 at 11:30 a.m. in St. Peterâs Square, in order to pray the Angelus with Benedict XVI.
The events purpose, according to organizers, is to thank the Pope for his âlucid and detailed social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and economic diagnosisâ of the African continent, and for âthe different solutions and pathsâ he pointed out so that âAfricans themselves might be the artifices and protagonists of their own development.â
The African students said their message to the world is that the absolute priorities for Africa should be âfood, water, energy, medical care, stable income for families, a commercial system that facilities the exporting of African products and not just the exportation of primary materials, as well as the appreciation of its own riches right there and not the looting of its resources.â
âIt is also to cry out our âNoâ about the speculations over Africa. No to the political distortion of the Popeâs message for Africa! No to those who want to make Africa one of the main markets and outlets of condoms! Yes to effective care for AIDS in Africa! Yes to education!â the students exclaimed.