By Leo Mkhuwala, MFN
Pope Francis Arrives In Mozambique
After 10 hours in the air, the global head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has on Wednesday arrived in Mozambique on his 31st Apostolic Journey.
The plane carrying the Pope arrived in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo at 6:00 pm local time.
The pontiff was welcomed by the country’s leader of 29 million people, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi together with the First Lady.
A delegation of Mozambican Bishops also welcomed the Pope.
Upon arrival, the Pope accorded a warm reception of military honours and traditional dances.
He was shortly taken to the Apostolic Nunciature where he will be staying.
Among other things, the Pope is expected to celebrate open Holy Mass and is also expected to deliver bhai a message on climate change in the context of Cyclone Kenneth and Idaia, which devastated the country earlier with a lot of property damaged and lives lost.
Nicknamed the “green” Pope for advocating climate change interventions, the Church leader has in many instances since he became Pope pleaded with all people of the world including Christians, to take part in the work restoring the earth from the terrible effects of climate change.
“A Christian who doesn’t safeguard creation, who doesn’t make it flourish, is a Christian who isn’t concerned with God’s work, that work born of God’s work for us,” said Pope Francis in one of his mediations in the Vatican, recorded on February 9, 2015.
Visiting under the thematic inspiration of “Hope, Peace and Reconcilation” the Pope will also visit Madagascar and Maritus.
His tour comes shortly after a piece agreement was sealed between the long time warring factions, the governing Frelimo and the opposition Renamo.