- Dec 9, 2019
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.
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.
Pope Francis visited the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius on Monday to celebrate its diversity, encourage a more ethical development and honor a 19th century French missionary who ministered to freed slaves.
Pope Francis heads this week to the southern African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, visiting some of the world’s poorest countries in a region hard hit by some of his biggest concerns: Conflict, corruption and climate change.
In Madagascar, Mozambique and Mauritius, Pope Francis will confront poverty that “surpasses reason,” corruption, jihadism, political and social instability, financial scandal, civil war and harsh weather that scientists believe will become steadily more extreme.
Pope Francis’s sixth foreign trip of 2019 will take him to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius Sept. 4-10, the Vatican announced.