Pope slams elite few over dreadful injustice to poor

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Nov 2015 11:59:48

Pope Francis stands on the popemobile as he arrives to celebrate a mass at the campus of the University of Nairobi on Friday as part of his trip to Africa. (AFP)

 

NAIROBI, Nov 27 (AFP)

POPE Francis on Friday lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor as he visited a crowded slum on Friday in the Kenyan capital. Francis, whose visit to the slum is a highlight of his three-nation Africa tour, condemned the “dreadful injustice of urban exclusion.”
“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.
Wild singing and ululating broke out as he arrived early today, 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,” Francis 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. Francis criticised the lack of “infrastructures and basic services”, including sewerage, electricity, good roads, school and hospitals.