Pope Francis travels to Mauritius, Madagascar and mozambique
The Pope’s stop by at the Vanilla Islands also to Mozambique has increased visibility of the spot and can have the location light on the hawaiian islands being visited for months ahead.
An estimated one million people gathered at Madagascar’s Soamandrakizay stadium in the administrative centre on Sunday to listen to Pope Francis say mass on the next leg of his three-nation African tour.
The massive crowd patiently had waited, stretching in to the distance from the first hours, to start to see the pope, the initial pontiff to go to in 30 years.
“Organizers estimate you can find around one million people,” a Vatican spokesman said.
Organizers had said earlier they expected around one million attendees. Some described it because the biggest public gathering in Madagascar’s history.
Many social people wore pope-emblazoned white and yellow caps — the colors of the Vatican, plus they cheered because the pope-mobile made its way through wind-swept clouds of red dust found from the stadium floor.
During the homily, the Argentine pontiff urged them “to create history in solidarity&rdquo and fraternity; and “in complete respect for the planet earth and its own gifts, instead of any type of exploitation.”
He spoke out against “practices that result in the culture of exclusion&rdquo and privilege; and criticized those that consider family “the decisive criterion for what we consider good and right.”
“How hard it really is to check out him (Jesus) if we seek to recognize the kingdom of heaven with this personal agenda or … abuse the real name of God or of religion to justify acts of violence, segregation and murder even.”
After mass the pontiff shall visit Akamasoa, a populous city founded by Argentinian priest Father Pedro, who has lifted a large number of Malagasy waste-pickers out of poverty.
Early, in Antananarivo’s Andravoahangy church, pastor Jean-Yves Ravoajanahary had briefed 5,000 people on the two-hour trek they might need to make to access Soamandrakizay stadium.
“We will divide worshippers into sets of 1,000 as the road is quite dangerous. As of this right time pickpockets and bandits are out to mug people,” he said.
One by one the journey was started by the groups, huddled in the cold and singing praise to the Virgin Mary together. Traffic was gridlocked.
Hery Saholimanana left his house in the first hours with three members of the family.
“I’m afraid of arriving following the 6:00 o’clock entry limit,” said the 23-year old IT student, walking briskly.
Rado Niaina, 29, said he left earlier even, at 2:00 am, for fear “of not finding space.”
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Many had already create tents on the outskirts of the town, festooned with posters of the pontiff.
Prospere, a 70-year-old farm worker, arrived with some 5,000 fellow pilgrims from the central eastern town of Ambatondrazaka, 200 kilometers (125 miles) away.
“We have been tired, but it’s worth making each one of these sacrifices to start to see the pope with this own eyes and receive his blessing,” he said.
Thousands of teenagers — scouts &mdash mainly; on Saturday gathered for a vigil at Soamandrakizay, waiting hours in heat for Francis to reach.
“I’m to require the pope&rsquo here;s blessing to handle the harsh realities of life, insecurity, corruption and poverty,” said 17-year old student Njara Raherimana.
“All of this gives me expect change in my own country,” echoed fellow student, Antony Christian Tovonalintsoa, who lives on the outskirts of the administrative centre.
During the vigil, Pope Francis lauded the “enthusiasm&rdquo and joy; of the singing crowd.
He encouraged the youth never to belong to “bitterness” or even to lose hope, if they lacked the &ldquo even;necessary minimum” to obtain by so when “educational opportunities were insufficient.”
Earlier, Francis made an impassioned plea to Madagascans to safeguard the Indian Ocean’s unique environment from “excessive deforestation.”
Weeks following a spike in fires in the Amazon, the Argentine pontiff told his hosts they ought to “create money-making and jobs activities which respect the surroundings and help people escape poverty.”
Madagascar — famed because of its immense diversity of fauna and flora — houses 25 million people, almost all whom reside in poverty on money of significantly less than two dollars each day.
More than 1 / 2 of its teenagers are unemployed, if many have good qualifications even.
The last pope to go to Madagascar was ago John Paul II 30 years.
Francis also visited Mozambique earlier in the week, on Monday and is because of happen to be the island of Mauritius.
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