Port Louis, Mauritius - Pope Francis was welcomed by palm frond-waving crowds in Mauritius on Monday as he drove past sugarcane fields on his way to the capital, where he said a Mass on a terraced mountainside overlooking the harbour.
Tens of thousands of people gathered to see the pontiff on his lightning visit at the end of a three-country tour of Africa. He was due to spend about eight hours on the Indian Ocean island.
Mauritius is far richer than the first two countries on his tour - Mozambique and Madagascar - as the former British colony has benefited greatly from tourism and a financial services sector.
But it also has a youth unemployment problem and a sizable income gap between social classes, and the pope addressed both issues in the homily of his Mass.
"Despite the economic growth your country has known in recent decades, it is the young who are suffering the most," he said.