The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit the African countries of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from 4th to 10th September.
The Vatican said today that the Holy Father will visit the capitals: Maputo in Mozambique, Antananarivo in Madagascar and Port Louis in Mauritius.
The Holy See gave no other details, saying they would be divulged in due time.
The Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said in a national address today that the pope’s visit would be “an inspiration and an encouragement” to help “rebuild a prosperous, united and peaceful” nation.
Mr Nyusi noted the Vatican has played a role in peace talks with the southern African country’s Renamo opposition.
Picture: Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in S Peter’s Square at the Vatican today, on 27th March 2019. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters).