Pope Benedict XVI announced Sunday he will make his first trip to Africa since becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.

He said he will visit Cameroon and Angola in March.

The pope will attend the African Episcopal Conference in Cameroon to prepare for an upcoming gathering of bishops at the Vatican dealing with Africa.

He will travel to Angola to celebrate 500 years of evangelization there.

Pope Benedict made the announcement about his trip to Africa at the Vatican during the closing ceremony of a meeting of bishops from around the world.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.