The visit of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State in the Vatican created a bliss in the village of Akamasoa.
"I came to share with them the joy and bring the presence and affection of Pope Francis. You know that Pope Francis is very close to the poor, he is a great defender of the poor. I think they would feel very comfortable with those people. So it is a little to represent the figure and the word of the Pope, "he explains, talking about the purpose of his visit to Father Pedro Opeka and his protégés.
Oasis of Hope
He especially thanked this Argentinean priest who spent nearly 47 years of his life fighting poverty in Madagascar. "In the name of Pope Francis, we especially thank Father Pedro and all those people who embark on social projects," says Cardinal Pietro Parolin in his speech.
For 28 years, Father Pedro Opeka has tried to withdraw thousands of families from poverty in Antananarivo, creating Akamasoa. Currently, Akamasoa has 26,000 residents,
13,500 pupils, high school pupils and university students.
30 000 people a year also go to benefit from the nutritional and sanitary assistance. The association has a hundred beneficiaries who have successfully completed their studies.
Father Pedro receiving in AKAMASOA, Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State at the Vatican
Sorry, it's still in French
Despite their smiles
God knows what all children have to suffer to survive in a landfill!
It is a holy duty and an unprecedented emergency,
We have to help!
No children has the fatality of poverty of their parents, no excuse keeps standing!
We should not avoid our human duty!
We must act and help immediately!
This is the commitment we made for 25 years!
Thank you to stay with us in this endless battle!
© Corentin Fohlen/ Paris Match. septembre 2014. Tananarive, Madagascar. Association AKAMASOA du Pere Pedro Opeka, a Madagascar.
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