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Crowds gather at the University of Nairobi grounds on November 26, 2015, to attend a mass delivered by Pope Francis in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Listen carefully to Pope Francis’ ‘colonialism’ warnings

| December 2, 2015

"When colonial power structures ravage the lives of ordinary people for decades on end, and those people have no recourse to political, social, or economic redress of grievances, they will usually turn to God and their religion as a last resort to salvage their humanity. If the colonial exploitation continues unabated, that explosive situation will usually end in something dramatic and disruptive — revolution, mass uprisings, civil wars, and large-scale internal displacements and illegal migrations..."