- Apr 2, 2020
Catholic Relief Services is helping women in Madagascar learn to read and write.
During his Sept. 4-10 visit to sub-Saharan Africa, Pope Francis had the opportunity to see Akamasoa, a solidarity project that under the leadership of an Argentine missionary priest has lifted some 30,000 people from extreme poverty.
Having gone to Africa as a pilgrim of peace and hope, Pope Francis said he hoped the seeds planted there by his visit would bear abundant fruit for everyone.
The idea that there’s something jarring about Christian conservationism was fashionable in the 1960s and ’70s, but it’s been badly outdated for some time.
During the eight hours Pope Francis spent in Mauritius, a multiethnic island nation in the Indian Ocean, he urged the inhabitants of the country to remember their immigrant roots and to integrate those who are arriving as they were welcomed by their ancestors.
During a Sept. 4-10 trip to Mozambique and Madagascar which will also see him going to Mauritius on Monday, the “pope of the peripheries” did not have many chances to encounter those in the outskirts of the cities he visited. That changed Sunday in Madagascar.