Pope Francis ended his three-day visit to Mozambique today with the celebration of a outdoor mass before about 80,000 people.
During the ceremony and addressing the crowd, the Pope recalled the purpose of his visit to Mozambique indicating the need to turn over a "new page" in the country's history so that the turning point will be definitive for a democratic and peaceful future.
Francisco pointed out the Mozambique paradox: a territory full of natural and cultural riches, but with much of its population living below the poverty level. "And sometimes it seems that those who approach it, supposedly willing to help, have other interests. And it is sad when this happens among brothers of the same land, who let themselves be corrupted; it is very dangerous to accept that corruption is the price we have to pay for foreign aid."
To act in the service of political or personal interests is to be ideological. This is the thermometer, said the Pope.
"If Jesus is the arbiter between the conflicting emotions of our hearts, the complex decisions of our country, then Mozambique has guaranteed a future of hope."
The next stage of the African journey is the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, where Francisco will arrive after a three-hour flight.
Francisco's fourth trip to the African continent continues until September 10, and after his visit to Madagascar, it will end in the Mauritius islands.