The Pontiff began his 31st trip this Wednesday morning and will travel more than seven thousand kilometers to the Mozambican capital, Maputo.
Pope Francis embarked this morning for Maputo, Mozambique's capital, to begin the apostolic journey, which will also take him to Madagascar and Mauritius.
According to the Vatican News website, it takes about ten and a half hours to fly the 7,836 kilometers that separate Rome from the Mozambican capital. In addition to Italy, the Pope's plane will fly over eight countries: Greece, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. Arrival on African soil is scheduled for 6:30 pm local time (5: 30 pm in Portugal).
To mark this tour, Francisco posted a message on Twitter calling for peace on African soil.
At the airport, the Pontiff will be received by the President of the Republic, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, and the First Lady. Two children dressed in traditional clothes will offer flowers to the Pope. Also, there will be a group of faithful and other civil and ecclesiastical authorities present.
From the airport, Francisco will travel another seven kilometers to the apostolic nunciature, where he will spend the night during his visit to the country.
The Pope's official activities will begin on Thursday 5, with a courtesy visit to the president at the "Ponta Vermelha" presidential palace and a meeting with the authorities, civil society and the diplomatic corps.