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Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius

From September 4 to 10, Pope Francis will make his 31st overseas apostolic voyage to three countries in southeastern Africa: Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius.

The theme for each visit revolves around hope and peace, as all three countries currently face challenging political and social conditions.

In Mozambique, a peace accord was signed just last month between civil authorities and guerilla fighters after violence flared up in 2013. Prior to that, Mozambique experienced years of civil war (1977-1992). Approximately 28% of the country’s population is Catholic.

A decade ago, Madagascar faced a major political coup when the mayor of its capital city declared himself the leader of the country. Now in the midst of a tenuous transition back to constitutional government, Madagascar remains one of the world’s poorest countries. According to the World Bank, “92% of the population lives under $2 per day”. About 20% of the population is Catholic.

And in Mauritius, the government hangs in a delicate balance, with an acting president in place since last March. The former president was forced to step down in 2018 after accusations of financial misconduct involving the improper use of funds to purchase luxury goods.

Join the Holy Father on his travels by tuning in to Salt + Light Television. Check out the schedule below.

Schedule All times are in EST

  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 – Maputo, Mozambique

7:00am
Meeting with government authorities, civil leaders, and diplomatic corps.
From the Palácio da Ponta Vermelha, Mozambique.
9:00am
Interreligious meeting with young people.
From the Maxaquene Pavilion in Maputo, Mozambique.
10:15am
LIVEMeeting with the bishops, priests, religious, seminarians, and catechists.
From the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Maputo, Mozambique.

  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - Maputo - Antananarivo, Madagascar

12:00pm
Holy Mass.
From Zimpeto Stadium in Maputo, Mozambique.

  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 - Antananarivo, Madagascar

7:00am
Meeting with government authorities, civil leaders, and diplomatic corps.
From the Iavoloha Presidential Palace in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
8:00am
Recitation of midday prayer.
From the Discalced Carmelite monastery, Antananarivo, Madagascar.
9:30am
LIVEMeeting with the Bishops of Madagascar and Visit to Tomb of Blessed Victoire Rasoamanarivo
From Andohalo Cathedral in Antananarivo.
10:40am
Vigil with Young People.
From the Soamandrakizay Diocesan Field in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 - Antananarivo, Madagascar

7:00am
Holy Mass and Angelus Prayer.
From the Soamandrakizay Diocesan Field in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
10:00am
LIVEMeeting with priests, religious, and seminarians.
From the Collège Saint Michel, Antananarivo.
11:30am
Visit to the Akamasoa “City of Friendship”.
From Antananarivo, Madagascar.
12:30am
Prayer for workers.
From the Mahatzana work yard in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 - Antananarivo - Port Louis, Mauritius

7:00am
Holy Mass.
From the monument of Mary, Queen of Peace in Port Louis, Mauritius.
9:30am
LIVEMeeting with government authorities, civil leaders, and diplomatic corps.
From the Presidential Palace in Port Louis, Mauritius.
All scheduled times are subject to change

More Info:

Pope in Mauritius: Meeting with the Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps
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Read the full text of the address given by Pope Francis during his Meeting with the Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps of Mauritius. ...read more
Pope in Mauritius: Homily of Pope Francis at Mass in Port Louis
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Read the full text of the homily given by Pope Francis during Mass at the monument to Mary, Queen of Peace in Port Louis, Mauritius, on Sept. 9, 2019. ...read more
Pope in Madagascar: Angelus from the Diocesan Grounds of Soamandrakizay, Antananarivo
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Full text of Pope Francis' Angelus from the Diocesan Grounds of Soamandrakizay, Antananarivo on Sunday, 8 September 2019: ...read more
Pope In Madagascar: Prayer for the Workers
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On Sunday, September 8, 2019 Pope Francis visited the Mahatzana Worksite in Antananarvo, Madagascar. Below is the full prepared text for his prayer to the workers:  ...read more
Pope In Madagascar:  Homily of Pope Francis at Mass in Antananarivo
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Pope In Madagascar: Homily of Pope Francis at Mass in Antananarivo ...read more