Massive crowd welcomes Pope to Mozambique

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Jubilant crowds have welcomed Pope Francis to Mozambique on the start of his three-nation African tour.

President Filipe Nyusi, dancers and a guard of honour greeted him at the airport in the capital, Maputo.

The streets were lined with people waving at the Pope mobile as it passed by.

On the first full day of his visit on Thursday, the pontiff is expected to meet President Nyusi and raise a recent peace agreement ending years of civil war, as well as the devastation caused by two cyclones earlier this year.

Pope Francis is pictured with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi as he greets children at the airport in Maputo, Mozambique. The pope also will visit Madagascar and Mauritius on his sixth foreign trip of 2019.

Reports say the visit will allow Pope Francis to focus again on two of the main themes of his pontificate, care for the planet and compassion for the poor.

On Friday he will celebrate mass at a stadium in Maputo before travelling on to Madagascar and Mauritius.

 

Sammie Idika