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Pope slams rich for ‘injustice’ to poor

AFP
Published : Nov 28, 2015, 5:32 am IST
Updated : Nov 28, 2015, 5:32 am IST

Pope Francis on Friday lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor as he visited a crowded slum today in the Kenyan capital.

Pope Francis on Friday lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor as he visited a crowded slum today in the Kenyan capital.

“These are wounds inflicted by minorities who cling to power and wealth, who selfishly squander while a growing majority is forced to flee to abandoned, filthy and run-down peripheries,” the 78-year-old pontiff told crowds in the Nairobi shanty town of Kangemi.

 

Pope Francis, whose visit to the slum is a highlight of his three-nation Africa tour, condemned the “dreadful injustice of urban exclusion.”

Wild singing and ululating broke out as he arrived early Friday, his popemobile weaving through streets in a sea of tin-roofed homes.

“I am here because I want you to know that I am not indifferent to your joys and hopes, your troubles and your sorrows,” the Pope told the packed congregation in the church of St Joseph the Worker in Kangemi.

“I realise the difficulties which you experience daily. How can I not denounce the injustices which you suffer ”

People arrived long hours before dawn in the hope of catching a glimpse of the pope, who has made efforts for social justice a hallmark of his tenure.

 

Pope Francis criticised the lack of “infrastructures and basic services”, including sewerage, electricity, good roads, school and hospitals.“They are a consequence of new forms of colonialism,” he said.

Location: Kenya, Nairobi