In his words at today's midday Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about his journey to Africa, which will begin this coming Tuesday. Drawing from the Epistle in today's readings for Mass (I Cor. 1:22-25), he said St. Paul's words resounded in his soul as he prepared for the journey: "We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles; but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."
He also mentioned that the feast day of his patron, St. Joseph, will be celebrated on March 19, during the journey. He entrusted the pilgrimage to St. Joseph, remembering that the Holy Family fled to Egypt, in Africa, after an angel advised him to flee from Herod who wanted to kill him, later returning to the Promised Land after exile like the people of Israel. He said, "The Church does not pursue economic, social and political objectives. The Church announces Christ, certain that the Gospel can touch the hearts of everyone and transform them, thus renewing from within the person and society."