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On Friday, Pope Francis left Mozambique for Madagascar, where he landed in the afternoon for the second leg of his peregrination through three African countries, ending today in Mauiritus.
As stipulated in the Papal Visit Protocol, the Supreme Pontiff was transported from Maputo to Madagascar on a Mozambique Airlines (LAM) plane.
The flagship airline company went out of its way to live up to the honour and offer the best of its services, accepting the challenge in the presence of the Pope’s delegation of about seven dozen journalists from around the world to market the Mozambican company and tourism.
At Antananarivo Airport, the Holy Father was greeted by Malagasy president Andry Rajoelina and members of the government and representatives of the Indian Ocean island nation’s Catholic Church.
As in Maputo, although on a lesser scale, the Pope was welcomed by hundreds of people along the route the Supreme Pontiff took to the local Apostolic Nunciature, where he stayed.
The Holy Father travelled from Rome to Maputo on a plane from Alitalia, the Italian flag company. From Madagascar to Mauritius, the next stage of his visit, the Pope was transported by the Malagasy airline, and he will return to Antananarivo on the same day, this time transported by Air Mauritius.
The Malagasy carrier will fly the Holy Father back to Rome on Tuesday morning.
Source: Notícias / AFP / Vatican News
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