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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Pope Francis to visit three capitals in September tour

The pontiff will visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Pope Francis in Rome (Andrew Medichini/AP)
Pope Francis in Rome (Andrew Medichini/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit the African countries of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from September 4 to 10.

The Vatican said on Wednesday that Francis will visit the capitals: Maputo in Mozambique, Antananarivo in Madagascar and Port Louis in Mauritius.

The Holy See gave no other details, saying they would be divulged in due time.

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (Andrew Medichini/AP)

The Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said in a national address on Wednesday that the pope’s visit would be “an inspiration and an encouragement” to help “rebuild a prosperous, united and peaceful” nation.

Mr Nyusi noted the Vatican has played a role in peace talks with the southern African country’s Renamo opposition.

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