Pope Francis arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, at 6:3o p.m. local time on September 4, 2019, the first stop on his three-nation African apostolic journey that will continue through the 10th.
The Holy Father was welcomed on a windswept tarmac by Mozambique’s president, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi and his wife, Isaura Nyusi. Also on hand to provide a warm and rousing welcome were local religious and political dignitaries, bands, singers, dancers, and a large cheering crowd of the faithful.
Following the welcome ceremony, the pope proceeded to the nunciature for rest after the 10-hour flight from Rome. He will begin a vigorous schedule of meetings with political, social, and religious leaders in the morning — as well as gatherings with youth.
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 represent 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.
Yesterday, as is customary, Francis went to Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to entrust the trip to Our Lady’s help and protection.