Skip to content

Pope encourages Madagascar's civil leaders to work for 'integral development'

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By CNA
9/9/2019 (1 week ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

In an address to the civil authorities of Madagascar Sept. 7, Pope Francis urged the leaders to embrace the "soul" of their country and to work toward an "integral development" that will not forget the poor and those most in need.

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Highlights

By CNA
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
9/9/2019 (1 week ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: POPE FRANCIS - TRAVELS, ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR, MIDDLE EAST - AFRICA


Antananarivo, Madagascar, (CNA) - In an address to the civil authorities of Madagascar Sept. 7, Pope Francis urged the leaders to embrace the "soul" of their country and to work toward an "integral development" that will not forget the poor and those most in need.

"In the Preamble of the Constitution of your Republic, you wished to enshrine one of the fundamental values of Madagascan culture: fihavanana, a word that evokes the spirit of sharing, mutual help and solidarity. It also evokes the importance of family, friendship and goodwill between people and with nature," the pope said.

"It reveals the 'soul' of your people, its distinctive identity that has enabled it to face with courage and self-sacrifice the various problems and hardships it faces daily," he said.

"If we must recognize, esteem and appreciate this blessed land for its beauty and its priceless natural resources, we must do the same for this "soul", which...has given you the strength to keep embracing 'aina', life," he added.

Pope Francis addressed the civil authorities during a six-day trip to three Subsaharan African countries. He first visited Mozambique, and he will be in Madagascar Sept. 7-8. On September 9, he will visit Mauritius.

After nearly 80 years of French colonization, Madagascar gained its independence in 1960. Pope Francis praised the country's aspiration to "stability and peace, through a fruitful democratic alternation that shows respect for the complementarity of styles and visions."

He urged political leaders in the country to continue fighting corruption, instability and exclusion, which foster "conditions of inhumane poverty," and encouraged them to work toward a society with a "better division of income and an integral development of all, particularly those most poor."

The pope added that this development does not only mean social aid, but also giving the poor and excluded a voice in their own development.

Furthermore, he added, the rich natural resources and environment of Madagascar must be protected as part of the country's "integral development."

"This calls not only for finding ways to preserve natural resources, but also for seeking 'comprehensive solutions which consider the interactions within natural systems themselves and with social systems. We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental,'" he said, quoting his environmental encyclical Laudato si'.

"In a word, there can be no true ecological approach or effective efforts to safeguard the environment without the attainment of a social justice capable of respecting the right to the common destination of earth's goods, not only of present generations, but also of those yet to come," he said.

The Holy Father also praised the aid and support to Madagascar provided by many international countries, but he cautioned against a global economy that ignores or seeks to eliminate cultural diversity and local interests or traditions.

"...that openness can risk turning into a presumptive 'universal culture' that scorns, submerges and suppresses the cultural patrimony of individual peoples," Francis said.

"An economic globalization, whose limitations are increasingly evident, should not lead to cultural uniformity. If we participate in a process respectful of local values and ways of life and of the expectations of citizens, we will ensure that the aid furnished by the international community will not be the sole guarantee of a country's development."

"The people themselves will progressively take charge and become the artisan of their own future. That is why we should show particular attention and respect for local civil society," he added.

Pope Francis told the leaders that the Church will work with authorities in building a more just and civil society, following the example of Blessed Victoire Rasoamanarivo, a Madagascar woman who was beatified by St. John Paul II during his visit to the country in 1989.

Rasoamanarivo converted to Catholicism as a teenager, despite her parents' opposition. While she desired religious life, her parents arranged for her to marry one of her cousins, who was allegedly a drunk and a womanizer.

Though some of her friends encouraged her to divorce him, Rasoamanarivo refused because of her belief in the unbreakable vow of the sacrament of marriage, and instead prayed fervently for her husband's conversion. Her husband reportedly repented and received baptism upon his death, after which Rasoamanarivo devoted her time to prayer and care for the sick and the poor.

"Her witness of love for this land and its traditions, her service to the poor as a sign of her faith in Jesus Christ, show us the path that we too are called to pursue," Francis said of Rasoamanarivo.

"I wish to reaffirm the desire and the readiness of the Catholic Church in Madagascar...to contribute to the dawn of a true fraternity that will always value fihavanana. In this way an integral human development can be fostered, so that no one will be excluded," the pope added.

"With this hope, I ask God to bless Madagascar and those who live here, to keep your lovely island peaceful and welcoming, and to make it prosperous and happy!"

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK


Comments


More Africa

Eritrean bishops say seizure of Catholic schools is 'hatred against the faith' Watch

Image of Asmara, Eritrea people

Seven religious schools in Eritrea, four of them sponsored by the Catholic Church, have been seized by the country's government this month. ... continue reading


Violence, displacement on the rise in Sahel region of Africa Watch

Image of Little girl in Africa

Catholic Relief Services is warning of increasing violence and displacement in the Sahel - the vast area of western and north-central ... continue reading



Bishops across Africa condemn 'xenophobic' attacks in South Africa Watch

Image of South Africa

A wave of deadly attacks targeting African foreign nationals in South Africa has caught the attention of national and regional Church ... continue reading


Pope Francis says he hopes 'seeds of peace' will bear fruit in Africa Watch

Image of Pope Francis in Africa

Vatican City, (CNA) - Upon his return to the Vatican after a six-day trip to Africa, Pope Francis said Wednesday that he hopes the "seeds ... continue reading


Pray for your enemies, Pope Francis tells Mozambican Catholics Watch

Image of Pope Francis with Mozambican Catholics

Jesus calls his followers to a high standard - to forgive their enemies, to pray for those who have hurt them, and to seek reconciliation, ... continue reading


Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

All of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.