Today, Sept. 9, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the island of Mauritius, during his only day visiting the tiny country, during his 31st Apostolic Trip. Francis is traveling to the African nations of Mozambique, Madagascar and the island of Mauritius, Sept. 4-10, 2019. This evening, he leaves Mauritius to stay overnight in Madagascar, and tomorrow, he will fly back to Rome.
Here is the full Vatican-provided text of the Pontiff’s remarks at the end of the Mass:
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Before concluding this celebration, I would like to offer all of you my cordial greeting and heartfelt thanks. I especially thank Cardinal Piat for his kind words and for all the work that went into preparing this visit. I also thank Bishop Aubry, the coordinator, the translator and all those who assisted in any way, and the entire people of God of this Church.
To the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the other authorities of the country, whom I will meet this afternoon, I express my deep appreciation for their warm welcome and for their prompt and generous assistance.
My affectionate thanks also go to the priests, the deacons, the consecrated men and women, and the many volunteers. I thank you all!
Finally, I greet with deep gratitude all the People of God here present, and particularly the faithful from Seychelles, Réunion, the Comoros, Chagos, Agaléga, Rodrigues and Mauritius. I assure all of you of my prayers and my closeness. May the Lord continue to grant to all the wisdom and strength needed to attain your legitimate aspirations. And I ask you, please, to continue to pray for me. Thank you![Original text: French; Vatican-provided Text and Translation]