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Pope Francis on his trip to Africa: there is a remedy for selfish and discriminatory welfare

Pope Francis returned late Tuesday evening from his trip to Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius. However, he was still present at his weekly meeting with the pilgrims in St. Peter's. 

He reflected on his last few days in Africa.

He recalled the crucial role the Church is playing in the peace process in Mozambique.

I would like to give thanks to the Sant'Egidio community that has worked so hard on this process of peacemaking.

Regarding Madagascar, he recalled his visit to the City of Friendship, Akamasoa, where the neediest are welcomed. He also said that praying with the quarry workers truly touched him. 

When reflecting on poverty, the pope pointed out the shortcomings of an economic system too focused on well-being that people only look out for themselves.

The Gospel and the beatitudes are the remedy against selfish and discriminatory welfare.

The pope said he was surprised at the goodwill between the different religious leaders of Mauritius. He recalled being surprised to find a bouquet of flowers sent to him from the Great Imam as a symbol of fraternity.

Pope Francis confessed a personal tradition.

Before beginning or returning from a trip, I always visit the Virgin Mary, Salus Populi Romani, to ensure Our Mother accompanies me during the trip. I let her tell me what to do and allow her to guide my words and my gestures. With Our Mother I feel safe.

This was Pope Francis' fourth trip to Africa. At the end of the year, he will make one last international trip to the Far East.