Pope Francis has provided a Mozambique bishop some consolation in the midst of an ongoing, worsening disaster.
Bishop Luiz Lisboa of Pemba, Mozambique, recently received a phone call from the Holy Father, who provided “much reassurance and consolation”
Pemba is the capital of Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province, which is facing increasing violence, the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic on top of a cholera outbreak, natural disasters and the displacement of tens of thousands of people.
“The Holy Father said he was following events in our province with great concern and that he is constantly praying for us,” Bishop Lisboa told Vatican News. “He also said to me that if there was anything else that he could do, we should not hesitate to ask him. He is ready to walk with us.”
Bishop Lisboa said the people of the region already were grateful for the pope specifically mentioning Cabo Delgado’s humanitarian crisis in his Easter address on 12th April. That mention “made other people also take notice of our plight. We began to see more congregations, some (humanitarian) organisations, individuals – both local and outside – start to reach out to help”.
Picture: Pope Francis leads his general audience in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican earlier this month. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).