Peace, xenophobia, interfaith dialogue and globalisation are some of the issues Francis spoke about during a press conference on the flight home from Madagascar.
Francis took his leave of the Antananarivo nunciature greeting a dozen poor elderly women representing the people assisted every Friday by the nunciature.
On the culturally and religiously diverse island nation, Francis talks about "A conversion that seeks not only to avoid terrible climatic phenomena or extreme natural catastrophes but also to promote a change in the way we live, so that economic growth can really benefit everyone, without the risk of ecological catastrophes or serious social crises.”
Celebrating Mass on the island, Francis calls for a missionary spirit that bears witness to Christian joy. "When we hear the forecasts of gloom "there are so few of us left", we should first of all be concerned not with the reduction of this or that form of consecration in the Church, but rather with the lack of men and women who want to live happiness by making paths to holiness."
The meeting was held from September 4 to 6. Leaders of China, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea, Malaysia, India, and delegations from Western countries gather around Putin. The Russian development plans for the decade 2025-2035. Putin and Modi: multiply the volume of trade by 300%. Russian-Chinese investments of over 3.5 billion euros. Moscow and Beijing feel "discriminated" on world markets and promise mutual support in trade wars.
Father Pedro, an Argentine missionary, created Akamasoa: five reception centres that serve 17 villages where everyone has a job. Speaking to priests and religious, the Pope said that “many of you live in difficult conditions and lack such essential services as water, electricity, roads and means of communication, or the financial resources needed for your life and pastoral activity.” For the pontiff, “It is interesting to see how Jesus sums up his disciples’ work by speaking of victory over the power of Satan”.
A million people attend Mass. For the Pope, it is hard “to follow him if we seek to identify the kingdom of heaven with our personal agenda or our attachment to an ideology that would abuse the name of God or of religion to justify acts of violence, segregation and even murder, exile, terrorism and marginalization.”
Francis said that pastors have the right to “offer opinions on all that affects people’s lives”. For him, “Christian conversion demands reviewing especially those areas and aspects of life ‘related to the social order and the pursuit of the common good’.”
Speaking during the meeting with Madagascar authorities, the diplomatic corps, religious leaders, and representatives of civil society, Pope Francis said that the country should not reduce development "to economic growth alone". Corruption and speculation increase social inequality. The fight against deforestation must also provide assistance to people so that they can "emerge from poverty". He cited the example of the Blessed Victoire Rasoamanarivo.
Francis is in Antananarivo. Upon leaving, he thanked Mozambique.
The visit to the "Dream" center for people suffering from AIDS / HIV: "the poor need, the personal involvement of those who hear their cry". "You can't think about the future, build a nation, a society based on the " fairness "of violence. I cannot follow Jesus if the order I am promoting is this: "eye for eye, tooth for tooth". "
In meeting pastoral workers, Francis recommends to renew the "call" of Jesus. “In a crisis of priestly identity,” he said, “we need to step away from important and solemn places, and return to the places from which we were called, where it was clear that the initiative and the power was from God.”
The first appointments of Francis in Mozambique are with civil authorities and youth. "The world is destroyed by enmity. And the greatest enmity is war. Nowadays we see that the world is being destroyed by war. Because they are unable to sit and talk ”.
The Basque cardinal was former president of the French Bishops' Conference and carried out an intense international activity that led him, among other things, to China and Vietnam.