No, he’s in Kenya, offering stern words to the power elite.
He visited the shantytown of Kangemi to offer hope in spite of the despair and amongst abject poverty and living conditions.
He said, “Our world has a grave social debt toward the poor who lack access to drinking water because they are denied a life consistent with their inalienable dignity”. He continued by saying the “dreadful injustice of social exclusion leaves the poor with an unfair distribution of land, and lack of access to infrastructures and basic services”. He likened these injustices to ‘a new for of colonialism.
Unfortunately, as I continue with this day, I am left with little doubt that I will find articles that key in on only four words from the visit to Kangemi, “unfair distribution of land”. It will offer those without empathy to continue their assault against common sense by perching themselves atop their soapbox and bellowing to those below that the pope is a Communist.
However, as we find this story, so to will we find its antipole.
Hope springs eternal.
Despite the absence of basic necessities, such as running water and dignified living conditions, the people of Kangemi are grateful for the pope’s visit and what they have. ‘I’m so happy, we are so blessed,” said Magdalene Mwikali, 36, of Kangemi. “He’s left all those rich neighborhoods to come here,” she said. ” He’s shown us we are important, that we matter, that God loves us too”.
All too often we look to the erudite professor or the subject matter expert to define and understand a particular situation when we can simply look to those encapsulated in the situation who they themselves are the erudite professor and subject matter expert. In the face of some of the worst conditions on earth, the people living within it are grateful for their blessings – a lesson we often overlook.
-Hope springs eternal-
Peace be with you.
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