He praised their love of song and their desire to see acceptable elements of their culture incorporated into public worship of the church.The Pope sent a message to the congress as well:
The Nigerian-born cardinal said this at the opening of a six-day congress for the Promotion of Liturgy in Africa and Madagascar that is currently going on in Kumasi, Ghana. The congress is organized by the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in collaboration with the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference.
In a goodwill message, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI called on the participants and the African Continent to ensure that the praise of God is proclaimed with an authentically African voice and that the faithful enter more deeply into the mysteries that they celebrate, proclaiming them with confidence and live them with joy.Attendees were also feted by a King
The delegates participating in the Congress were hosted to a durbar and lunch by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, King of the Ashanti Kingdom at his Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.[Silly question. Why "Africa and Madagascar?" Is Madagascar not considered a part of the African continent?]