Pope Francis continued his apostolic journey today and it took him to one of Kenya’s slums, Kangemi, where about 20,000 persons belong to a Catholic parish located there.
According to him, those living in such communities are victims of “new forms of colonialism” by rich countries. He said that the urban poor have a “sacred right” to have their basic needs met. Kangemi is bordered by middle-class neighbourhoods.
“These are the 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 rundown peripheries,” the pope said.
Pope Francis told the poor people of Kangemi that they have a special place in his life and decisions.
“I am here because I want you to know that your joys and hopes, your troubles and your sorrows, are not indifferent to me. I realize the difficulties which you experience daily! How can I not denounce the injustices which you suffer?”
Pope Francis also met with the youth at Kasarani Stadium.
He also visited the Kaugemi district.
At about 4 P.M., Pope Francis left Kenya for Uganda.