VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis drove home his message for lasting peace in the troubled country of Mozambique on Thursday (Sept. 5), the first day of his three-country visit to Africa, while speaking to its leaders of today and its generation of tomorrow.

“In the course of these years, you have come to realize how the pursuit of lasting peace, a mission incumbent upon all, calls for strenuous, constant and unremitting effort,” Francis told local leaders and authorities in the capital of Maputo, comparing peace to a “delicate flower.”

“As a result, we need to continue, with determination but without fanaticism, with courage but without exaltation, with tenacity but in an intelligent way, to promote peace and reconciliation, not the violence that brings only

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