Nairobi, 30 May, 2023 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has recognized the rich talent, “lofty ambitions and great dreams” that children in Africa have amid challenging situations on the world’s second-largest continent.
In his Monday, May 29 audience with children from various African nations to commemorate Africa Day, the Holy Father highlighted some of the “enormous challenges” the people of God in Africa are facing.
“Your beloved African continent is facing enormous challenges such as terrorism, bad governance, corruption, massive youth unemployment, migration, conflicts between communities, and the climate and food crisis, among others,” Pope Francis said during the meeting that was held at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.
Against such backdrop, he told the African children, “You may feel helpless and discouraged, and think that your future is bleak and without prospects. Yet you are young and richly talented, you have lofty ambitions and great dreams: pursue them.”
“Keep seeking at least partial or imperfect ways to live what you have discerned to be your real calling,” Pope Francis said during the May 29 audience with African children at the Vatican.