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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi confirmed on Wednesday that the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, will visit Mozambique in early September.
Addressing the nation, Nyusi said that, during his three day visit, the Pope will hold meetings with members of the government, political and religious leaders and other personalities. He believed the papal visit would help Mozambicans build a united and peaceful nation.
The visit by Pope Francis “is a historic landmark and an opportunity to strengthen the faith of the Mozambican people to fight for a country increasingly anchored in peace, harmony and the common good”, he said.
He added that the Vatican has participated actively in the search for definitive peace in Mozambique through the apostolic nuncio indicated personally by the Pope. The presence of the Pope, he stressed, “occurs at a moment when Mozambicans are deepening a permanent dialogue as the only way to achieve definitive peace”.
Nyusi issued the invitation to Pope Francis to visit Mozambique when he made a state visit to the Vatican in September last year.
The Wednesday announcement was timed to coincide with one from the Vatican which said that Francis will visit not only Mozambique, but also Madagascar and Mauritius in early September.
This will be the second papal visit to Mozambique. The first was in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, at the invitation of the then President, Joaquim Chissano.Source: AIM