A requiem mass for former West German President Dr. Heinrich Luebke was held in Cotonou?
SV PAN West German Ambassador and wife arriving
SV French Ambassador and others greeted
MV President Ahomedegbe and Apithy being greeted and entering Cathedral (2 shots)
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SV Ambassadors, Presidents and congregation leave Cathedral (2 shots)
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Background: A requiem mass for former West German President Dr. Heinrich Luebke was held in Cotonou on Thursday (13 April). The mass was led at the capital's Cathedral of Notre Dame de Misericorde by Monsignor Christophe Adinou, the Archbishop of Cotonou.
Among those attending the service was the West German Ambassador, Dr. Karl Wand, who had requested the mass, and his wife. A number of other diplomatic representatives were present, including the French Ambassador.
Interim President Ahomadegbe and Co-President Apithy, a member of the Presidential Council, also attended the service.
Former West German President Luebke, who retired in 1969 amid controversy, died on April 6.
SYNOPSIS: West German Ambassador Dr. Karl Wand, and his wife, were among those attending a mass in Cotonou last Thursday for former West German President Dr. Heinrich Luebke. The French Ambassador was also present.
Interim President Ahomadegbe and Co-President Apithy, who's a member of the Presidential Council, were among the dignitaries at Cotonou's Cathedral of Notre Dame de Misericorde where the service was being held. The mass had been requested by the West German Ambassador. And leading it was the Archbishop of Cotonou, Monsignor Christophe Adinou. A number of government and diplomatic representatives attended the service.
Former West German President Luebke resigned from office in 1969, amid controversy over some of his methods and his past. His career ended with allegations that he'd helped the Nazie. He denied the charges, but the storm continued until his premature resignation. he died on April 6. Many friends of West Germany in Dahomey took part in the mass in order to honour Dr. Luebke's memory.