Port Louis, 09 September, 2020 / 7:07 pm (ACI Africa).
On the occasion of the 179th anniversary of the arrival of renowned French Spiritan Priest, Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval in Mauritius and the 156th anniversary of his death, the head of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean island nation has encouraged attentiveness to the plight of the poor in society.
In his homily Tuesday, September 8, the eve of the feast of Blessed Laval celebrated September 9, the Bishop of Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat called on the people of God in Mauritius to take the cause of the poor to heart, working toward correcting injustice in view of regenerating the society after the example Blessed Laval.
“Inspired by the Word of God, he left his homeland, his medical profession, his security and he came to Mauritius. He came down so to speak, he came to live among us,” Cardinal Piat said in reference to Blessed Laval who has been described as the “Apostle of Mauritius.”
The Cardinal added in reference to Blessed Laval, “He arrived in Mauritius, and he was faced with a serious social crisis. The slaves had just been freed but they did not have access to school, housing or fixed employment. The authorities did not help them start their new life as free men.”