NAIROBI (Reuters) – Pope Francis will go to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from Sept. Four-10. Following are a few of the highlights of his second journey to sub-Saharan Africa:
MOZAMBIQUE (SEPT. Four-6)
In Mozambique the pope’s theme for his Africa journey, as a “pilgrim of hope, peace and reconciliation”, is very related. In August, the federal government and Renamo, a former guerrilla motion turned principal opposition celebration, signed a peace settlement to formally finish a long time of usually lethal hostilities.
Over the past papal go to, by Pope John Paul in 1988, the civil battle was nonetheless raging. Greater than 1 million individuals had been killed earlier than a 1992 ceasefire ended the worst of the bloodshed.
Pope Francis will meet with the federal government, civil society leaders and diplomats, forward of an election subsequent month that would be the first check of the peace treaty.
Mozambique continues to be recovering from two back-to-back cyclones, which killed greater than 1,000 individuals within the area six months in the past. Francis is not going to be visiting Beira, town hardest hit by the storms.
MADAGASCAR (SEPT. 6-9)
In Madagascar, the pope will meet with President Andry Rajoelina, who took workplace in January after a carefully contested election.
The Indian Ocean island state is considered one of Africa’s poorest nations, with greater than 90 p.c of its 25 million individuals residing on lower than $2 per day, in keeping with the World Meals Program.
Round half the inhabitants observe indigenous beliefs whereas round 40% are Christians. About half of these are Catholic.
The pontiff will ship a homily within the monastery of an order of cloistered Carmelite nuns. The Carmelites hint their roots to Mount Carmel in modern-day Israel, the place they got here as pilgrims within the 12th century. The order arrived in Madagascar in 1921.
He can even go to the tomb of Blessed Victoire Rasoamanarivo, a Malagasy girl who lived within the second half of the 19th century and transformed to Catholicism from animism on the age of 15 regardless of the violent opposition of her household. She was married off two years later to the son of the prime minister, described as a violent drunk.
When overseas missionaries had been expelled in 1883 in the course of the Franco-Malagasy battle, she confronted armed troopers to guide Catholics into locked church buildings to wish. Later she devoted herself to lepers, the poor and sick. She was beatified in 1989, placing her one step away from sainthood.
The pope can even have a good time a Sunday Mass and lead prayers in a number of communities within the capital Antananarivo, together with one established by his former scholar Father Pedro Opeka, a priest whose group has constructed houses for 25,000 poor individuals.
MAURITIUS (SEPT. 9)
The pope will spend a day in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, a small island state identified for its seashores and tax treaties that anti-poverty campaigners say drain the wealth from growing nations. A few quarter of its 1.Four million individuals are Catholic.
Francis will pray at a shrine devoted to Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval, a French physician turned priest who arrived in Port Louis in 1841 and devoted his life to caring for former slaves in what was then a British colony.
Francis can even have a good time Mass at a monument to the Virgin Mary.
Reporting by Maggie Fick and Hereward Holland in Nairobi and Emma Rumney in Johannesburg; Enhancing by Katharine Houreld and Frances Kerry