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Pope Francis Arrives in Madagascar

Second Stop of Three-Nation Apostolic Journey, September 4-10, 2019

Pope Francis landed in Madagascar, at about 4 p.m. local time on September 6, 2019, the second stop on his three-nation African apostolic journey that will continue through the 10th.

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The Holy Father was welcomed by the nation’s president and spouse, and little children singing in traditional garments also welcomed the Holy Father.

Following the welcome ceremony, the pope proceeded to the nunciature for rest, until his first full day in the country tomorrow.

Tomorrow, he will meet with the president, authorities, bishops, young people and also visit the tomb of Blessed Victoire Rasoamanoarivo.

The Holy Father’s Sept. 4-10 visit to the ‘three ‘M’s’ of Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius, marks the Pope’s fourth visit to Africa, his second to Sub-Saharan Africa, and represents the Holy Father’s attention to the peripheries and the poor. It also marks his 31st Apostolic Trip.

Each of these nations had been visited by St. Pope John Paul II during his pontificate.

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As is customary, the day before the travel to Africa, Francis went to Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to entrust the trip to Our Lady’s help and protection.

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About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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