Port Louis, Mauritius, Sep 9, 2019 / 02:02 am
At Mass on the island nation of Mauritius Monday, Pope Francis urged Catholics to avoid worldly securities, to increase their zeal for evangelization, and to invite the young to be an active part of the Church.
"Through his missionary outreach and his love, Father Laval gave to the Mauritian Church a new youth, a new life, that today we are asked to carry forward," the pope said outside the Monument of Mary Queen of Peace in Port Louis Sept. 9.
"We need to foster this missionary momentum," he added, "because it can happen that, as the Church of Christ, we can yield to the temptation to lose our enthusiasm for evangelization by taking refuge in worldly securities that slowly but surely not only affect the mission but actually hamper it and prevent it from drawing people together."
Bl. Jacques-Désiré Laval was a French missionary priest and member of the Spiritans order. He is known as the "Apostle of Mauritius" because of his great evangelization work on the island, in particular his attention to the poor, the sick, and ex-slaves.