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Ahead of his apostolic journey to three coastal countries of south Africa, the pope may not stop at the mozambiquan city of beira.  The mozambiquan city of beira was ……hit by a storm that caused massive flooding resulting to loss of At least 600 people, many had anticioated that the pope commonly labeled as the ‘pope of the poor’ would at least pass by the city of beira and share a prayer with the locals. However, Pope Francis did not forget them, saying that his fraternal embrace extends especially to “those who live in difficult situations.” Furthering that ,“I would like to leave you with this certainty: you are all in my prayers. I look forward to meeting you,” he said.

Pope Francis ahead of his apostolic journey sent his greetings to the people of Mozambique, asking them to pray for him and for reconciliation in the southern African nation.

Reconciliation and peace

The Holy Father went on to thank Mozambique’s president and Catholic bishops for inviting him to visit.

He urged everyone to pray with him for the reconciliation process underway in the country.

The Pope said “fraternal reconciliation” is needed in Mozambique and throughout Africa, calling it “the only hope for a solid and lasting peace.”

The Catholic Church – particularly through the St Egidio Community –worked tirelessly to help seal a peace deal between warring factions. The ruling Frelimo party and former guerrilla movement, Renamo, signed a permanent ceasefire in early August 2019.

More than 1 million people were killed in Mozambique’s civil war that raged from 1977 until

Confirm Catholic community

Pope Francis also made mention of Pope St John Paul II’s visit in 1988, when the civil war was still raging.

The Holy Father said his journey will allow him to see how the seed of peace sown by his predecessor is growing.

“This Journey will allow me to meet the Catholic community and confirm it in its witness to the Gospel,” he said, “which affirms the dignity of every man and woman and asks us to open our hearts to others, especially the poor and needy.”

Gratitude for prayers

The Pope closed his greetings to the people of Mozambique by extending his thanks to those preparing for his visit through their hard work and prayers.

And he prayed that God might bless the nation’s people and that the Virgin Mary protect them.

“See you soon!” he said.

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