PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, Sunday, said Pope Francis has promised to visit Nigeria. A statement from the president’s office, however, did not give any timing for the proposed visit.
It says they discussed poverty alleviation and inter-faith dialogue. The country’s population is divided almost equally between Muslims and Christians and Catholics make up about a quarter of Christians, an estimated 21 million Nigerians.
Many Christians belong to evangelical churches that have been winning converts from traditional churches. Pope Francis has committed to travel to the Holy Land and South Korea in 2014 and said he wants to visit The Philippines and Sri Lanka in coming years. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, visited Africa twice.