“Also in the Vatican, there are cases of corruption,” Pope Francis on Friday morning told over 60,000 Kenyan youth gathered at Kasarani stadium.
“It [corruption] is something that eats inside. It’s like sugar: sweet and easy,” the Holly Father said.
He will today conclude his visit to Kenya and then head to Uganda to preside over the commemoration of Uganda Martyrs at Namugongo shrine.
Warning Kenyans against corruption, the Pope advised the youth not to develop taste for “that sugar called corruption”.
“We end up being diabetic or our country ends up being diabetic. If you don’t want corruption in your heart, lives & in your country…start with yourself now.”
He said corrupt people don’t live in peace.
“Corruption takes away our joy, our peace. When we accept a bribe and put it in our pocket, we destroy our hearts.”
Warning that corruption takes away personal joy, the Pope said breaking away from the habit starts with oneself so the people next also learn by example.
“To end corruption, you must be the first to change. If you don’t change, the person next to you cannot change.”
He said the hearts of many men and women are left wounded by these examples of corruption.
“What you get through corruption will remain in this world and will be used by someone else.”
He said corruption is not a path to life but a path to death and that what remains is the lack of good one could have done.
Radicalisation of youth
The Pope further warned youth not to allow radicals use them to kill innocent people.
“Young people leave their families, friends and lives behind so that they can learn how to kill.”
He said the idea of being seduced and recruited comes from a young person having no work to do.
“A young person has no possibility of securing a future they pose a danger of being radicalized.”
He urged Kenyans to pray hard because God is much stronger than any recruitment campaign.