By Vatican News, Paul Samasumo
Pope Francis visits Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from 4 to 10 September, which our correspondent says will definitely rekindle hope and cement peace in these countries.
In Africa, Pope Francis has already been to Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, the Central African Republic, and Morocco.
One common thread stitches all the logos of the three countries Pope Francis will soon visit: Hope and Peace.
The logo for the visit to Mozambique is, “Hope, Peace, and Reconciliation.” Madagascar sees Pope Francis as a “Sower of Peace and Hope”, while Mauritius says Pope Francis is coming to their country as a “Pilgrim of Peace.”
The Pope is visiting at the invitation of the local Churches and the three respective governments. During the visits, the Holy Father will hold public outdoor Masses, engage in interreligious dialogue, meet young people, and speak to the country’s political leaders.
Overall, papal visits are of a pastoral nature. In this regard, Pope Francis will have meetings with Bishops, priests and the religious. As on most trips, he is scheduled to meet, in private, with members of his Jesuit order.
On 4 September, Pope Francis will arrive in Maputo, Mozambique.
He will be visiting a country still recovering from the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai – one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to have hit Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. A month after Cyclone Idai, in April this year, Cyclone Kenneth also made landfall in the northern region of the country causing significant damage and loss of life.
Pope Francis will surely have words of comfort for the people of this country especially those who lost loved ones and property because of the Cyclones.