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Pope Francis arrived in the Indian Ocean State of Mauritius to celebrate his diversity and to honor a 19th-century French missionary who served released slaves
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Pope Francis arrived in the Indian Ocean State of Mauritius to celebrate his diversity and to honor a 19th-century French missionary who served for freed slaves.

The pope also expressed concern during his speech about increasing drug use among youth on the island paradise.

Mass & # 39; s cheering faithful waving palm leaves stood along the streets of Port Louis while the pop mobile brought the Argentine pope to the Mary Queen of Peace Monument on the hilltop where he delivered his mass.

The organizers estimate that 100,000 people attended the service during the first papal visit since the visit of John Paul II in 1989.

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Pope Francis arrived in the Indian Ocean State of Mauritius to celebrate his diversity and to honor a 19th-century French missionary who served released slaves

Pope Francis arrived in the Indian Ocean State of Mauritius to celebrate his diversity and to honor a 19th-century French missionary who served released slaves

Mass & # 39; s cheering faithful waving palm leaves stood along the streets of Port Louis while the pop mobile brought the Argentine pope to the Mary Queen of Peace Monument on the hilltop where he delivered his mass

Mass & # 39; s cheering faithful waving palm leaves stood along the streets of Port Louis while the pop mobile brought the Argentine pope to the Mary Queen of Peace Monument on the hilltop where he delivered his mass

Mass & # 39; s cheering faithful waving palm leaves stood along the streets of Port Louis while the pop mobile brought the Argentine pope to the Mary Queen of Peace Monument on the hilltop where he delivered his mass

Pope Francis prays while visiting the mausoleum of Jacques-Desire Laval, also known as the Apostle of Mauritius

Pope Francis prays while visiting the mausoleum of Jacques-Desire Laval, also known as the Apostle of Mauritius

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Pope Francis prays while visiting the mausoleum of Jacques-Desire Laval, also known as the Apostle of Mauritius

The organizers estimate that 100,000 people attended the service during the first papal visit since the visit of John Paul II in 1989

The organizers estimate that 100,000 people attended the service during the first papal visit since the visit of John Paul II in 1989

The organizers estimate that 100,000 people attended the service during the first papal visit since the visit of John Paul II in 1989

While the island is a beacon of stability and relative prosperity, Pope Francis reconciles with the struggle of youth, which is confronted with growing inequality, unemployment and the scourge of drug abuse.

& # 39; It's hard to say, but despite the economic growth that your country has experienced in recent decades, it is the young people who suffer the most.

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"They suffer from unemployment, which not only creates uncertainty about the future, but also prevents them from believing that they play an important role in your shared history," said the Pope.

& # 39; Uncertainty about the future makes them feel at the margins of society. It leaves them vulnerable and helpless to new forms of slavery in this 21st century. & # 39;

& # 39; Let's not allow those who deal with death to rob the first fruits of this land, & # 39; he said.

While the island is a beacon of stability and relative prosperity, Pope Francis reconciles with the struggle of youth, which is confronted with growing inequality, unemployment and the scourge of drug abuse.

While the island is a beacon of stability and relative prosperity, Pope Francis reconciles with the struggle of youth, which is confronted with growing inequality, unemployment and the scourge of drug abuse.

While the island is a beacon of stability and relative prosperity, Pope Francis reconciles with the struggle of youth, which is confronted with growing inequality, unemployment and the scourge of drug abuse.

He said: & # 39; It's hard to say, but despite the economic growth that your country has experienced in recent decades, it's the young people who suffer the most & # 39;
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He said: & # 39; It's hard to say, but despite the economic growth that your country has experienced in recent decades, it's the young people who suffer the most & # 39;

He said: & # 39; It's hard to say, but despite the economic growth that your country has experienced in recent decades, it's the young people who suffer the most & # 39;

The 1.3 million Mauritian population is predominantly Hindu but has significant Christian and Muslim minorities. About 30 percent of Mauritius is Christian, most are Catholic

The 1.3 million Mauritian population is predominantly Hindu but has significant Christian and Muslim minorities. About 30 percent of Mauritius is Christian, most are Catholic

The 1.3 million Mauritian population is predominantly Hindu but has significant Christian and Muslim minorities. About 30 percent of Mauritius is Christian, most are Catholic

According to a Mauritius Drug Observatory report in 2018, smuggling and the use of drugs such as heroin, cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine have increased in recent years.

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Some waited for the pope before dawn, and many believers were dressed in the yellow and white of the Vatican flag.

Huge screens were placed in Port Louis to allow devotees to view the papal mass, and billboards adorned with the image of Francis have cropped up across the coastal city.

Mauritius consists of four volcanic islands and lies approximately 1,100 miles off the east coast of Africa.

The population of 1.3 million is predominantly Hindu but has significant Christian and Islamic minorities.

About 30 percent of Mauritius is Christian, most are Catholic.

The island was uninhabited when it was first visited by explorers in the Middle Ages, and was later colonized by the Dutch, French and British. Depicted is the pope leading a mass at the Monument of Mary Queen of Peace
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The island was uninhabited when it was first visited by explorers in the Middle Ages, and was later colonized by the Dutch, French and British. Depicted is the pope leading a mass at the Monument of Mary Queen of Peace

The island was uninhabited when it was first visited by explorers in the Middle Ages, and was later colonized by the Dutch, French and British. Depicted is the pope leading a mass at the Monument of Mary Queen of Peace

Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a poor agricultural-based economy into one of the richest countries in Africa

Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a poor agricultural-based economy into one of the richest countries in Africa

Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a poor agricultural-based economy into one of the richest countries in Africa

The island was uninhabited when it was first visited by explorers in the Middle Ages, and was later colonized by the Dutch, French and British.

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Now citizens have multicultural roots, from India, China, Europe, Africa and elsewhere.

Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a poor agricultural-based economy into one of the richest countries in Africa.

It is best known for its position as a global tax haven and an idyllic tourist beach destination.

General unemployment is low compared to the rest of the continent with 6.9 percent in 2018 according to the World Bank, but high among youth with 22 percent and inequality increasing.

The pope is at the last stop of his tour that has brought him to Mozambique and Madagascar, two of the poorest countries in the world.

Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth said that during his visit the Pope was a & # 39; real model of pluralism & # 39; would come across
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Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth said that during his visit the Pope was a & # 39; real model of pluralism & # 39; would come across

Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth said that during his visit the Pope was a & # 39; real model of pluralism & # 39; would come across

A choir sings during the mass led by the pope at the Mary Queen of Peace Monument in Port Louis, Mauritius

A choir sings during the mass led by the pope at the Mary Queen of Peace Monument in Port Louis, Mauritius

A choir sings during the mass led by the pope at the Mary Queen of Peace Monument in Port Louis, Mauritius

Every year, around 100,000 pilgrims visit the grave of Laval, northeast of Port Louis, on the night of September 8 to commemorate his death. This year it was brought forward to September 7-8 to accommodate the Pope's visit

Every year, around 100,000 pilgrims visit the grave of Laval, northeast of Port Louis, on the night of September 8 to commemorate his death. This year it was brought forward to September 7-8 to accommodate the Pope's visit

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Every year, around 100,000 pilgrims visit the grave of Laval, northeast of Port Louis, on the night of September 8 to commemorate his death. This year it was brought forward to September 7-8 to accommodate the Pope's visit

Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth said that during his visit the Pope was a & # 39; real model of pluralism & # 39; would come across.

"Our cultural diversity has never prevented us from creating an environment conducive to dialogue, understanding and peace," he said.

& # 39; It will not be a visit by Pope Francis to the Catholics but to the Mauritian people in all its religious diversity &, said Cardinal Maurice Piat, Bishop of Port Louis, prior to the Papal visit.

Francis's visit coincides with the 155th anniversary of the death of Father Jacques Desire Laval, a French priest who died in Mauritius in 1864 and was glorified in 1979.

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The pope will visit the mausoleum of Laval, known as the & # 39; apostle of Mauritius & # 39; for his missionary work.

Every year, around 100,000 pilgrims visit the grave of Laval, northeast of Port Louis, on the night of September 8 to commemorate his death.

This year it was brought forward to September 7-8 to accommodate the Pope's visit.

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