Pope Francis on September 1, 2019, sent a video message to the people Madagascar, which will be the middle stop on his three-nation tour that starts September 4. He also will visit Mozambique, and Mauritius.
In his message, the Pope thanks the people them for their preparation for his visit, especially their “prayer, whether personal, in families, in parish communities or in hospitals and prisons.”
Stressing that prayer knows no boundaries, he says, “when I am in Madagascar, even if I can visit only a few places, with prayer I will reach everyone, and I will implore God’s blessing for all.”
The Pope notes that Madagascar is “famous for its natural beauty, and for this, we say: “Laudato si!”. He says “it is our duty to look after it with care.”
However, there is another beauty that is “even more dear to Christ and to the Pope: that of His people, that is your holiness!” the Pope notes. For this reason, he says, “I will come to confirm you in faith and at the same time to draw from it.” He prays to the Blessed Virgin to obtain for them this gift.
“Thank you and see you soon!” the Pope concludes.