Pope in­vites Le­sotho street ven­dors

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

LE­SOTHO’S street ven­dors as­so­ci­a­tion Khathang-tema- Baitšokoli has been in­vited by Pope Fran­cis to at­tend the 3rd Pop­u­lar Move­ment Con­fer­ence to be held in the Vat­i­can City from 2 to 6 Novem­ber 2016.

This is the third con­sec­u­tive meet­ing held by the Pope, bring­ing to­gether del­e­gates from pop­u­lar move­ments from around the world.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent Tšolo Lebitsa said he would at­tend on be­half of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

He said they were “hum­bled by this ges­ture as it shows that some­where there is some­one who still con­sid­ers us though our own govern­ment marginalises us.”

“We are very lucky as there are other prom­i­nent peo­ple who wanted to at­tend but were not in­vited,” he said.

He also said he also looked for­ward to a pos­i­tive out­come from the meet­ing since the Pope had a soft spot for the poor and marginalised.

In Au­gust, Pope Fran­cis do­nated US$400 000 to the govern­ment of Le­sotho to mit­i­gate ef­fects of the El Niño-in­duced drought that also rav­aged other coun­tries in south­ern Africa.

The meet­ing also comes shortly af­ter the Pope pro­moted 17 Ro­man Catholic prelates from around the world to the rank of car­di­nal, in­clud­ing 13 who are un­der 80 years old and thus eli­gi­ble to suc­ceed him one day.

Le­sotho’s re­tired Bishop Koto Sabas­tian Khoarai made it onto the list, the first time a Mosotho had done so in the his­tory of the Ro­man Catholic Church.

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