Maputo, Mozambique, Sep 4, 2019 / 11:33 am
Pope Francis arrived in Maputo, Mozambique on Wednesday, kicking off a Sept. 4-10 trip to sub-Saharan Africa. The pope was greeted by government officials at a welcoming ceremony, with singing crowds lining the streets.
On the nearly 11-hour flight to Africa, Pope Francis offered prayers for victims of Hurricane Dorian, which tore through the Bahamas this week, causing widespread devastation.
He encouraged people to pray "for the victims of the hurricanes in the Bahamas, poor people who in one day lost their homes, lost everything and lost their lives."
The pope also accepted a book authored by La Croix reporter Nicolas Seneze, entitled "How America Wanted to Change the Pope." The pope joked that the book is "a bomb" and told Seneze that he considered it "an honor that Americans attack me."