Antananarivo, Madagascar, Sep 8, 2019 / 08:45 am
In an address to priests, religious, and seminarians of Madagascar, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of maintaining a focus on praising God in order to find strength in times of hardship.
"In praising, we learn not to become 'inebriated,' turning means into ends or the superfluous into the important," he said. "Much of our life, our joy and our missionary fruitfulness have to do with Jesus' invitation to praise."
The pope spoke at a meeting with priests, religious, consecrated, and seminarians at Collège Saint Michel in Antananarivo on Sept. 8, his final day in Madagascar.
He acknowledged the suffering and sacrifices that priests and religious in the country have chosen to accept for the sake of spreading the Gospel.