Pope urges conversion; stampede kills 2
Angola ? Tens of thousands of Angola’s Catholics lined the streets of the capital Saturday for a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, who urged the country’s faithful to reach out and convert people who believe in witchcraft.
But a stampede at a stadium before one of the pope’s speeches left two people dead and others injured.
“The pope is very upset,” a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Saturday.
The stampede broke out as the gates to Coqueiros stadium opened hours before Benedict arrived, Lombardi said.