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Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

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Online Mass and CAFOD are helping fill the holes left in our Sundays

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Catholic Churches in Europe opened to fight COVID-19

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CAFOD takes its activities online as world stays home

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President, dancers, crowds welcome Pope Francis to Mozambique

Greeted with full military honours, traditional dances and huge crowds lining the streets, Pope Francis has arrived in Mozambique at the start of a weeklong trip to Africa.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and two children offering flowers welcomed Pope Francis as he stepped off the plane after a flight of just over 10 hours.

The sun had already set as the pope’s plane made its final approach. The official portion of the welcome ceremony was brief, and there were no speeches.

But several groups of dancers and drummers began their numbers when the pope was walking to the popemobile, and women in the crowd began ululating, so he paused to watch and wave encouragement.

Some of the dancers were dressed traditionally – grass skirts and leopard-print costumes predominated – but one group wore white t-shirts, white shorts and white tennis shoes.

Young men played the ‘xigovia’, a traditional woodwind instrument made from a gourd; its sound was similar to that of a kazoo.

Thousands and thousands of people lined the streets from the airport to the apostolic nunciature where the pope was staying. Most stood in the dark unless they were at an intersection, which is where streetlights are more common.

As is customary during the flight from Rome, he greeted members of the media traveling with him and thanked them for the work they would do over the next week as he visited Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius.

“Let’s hope this long trip bears fruit,” he said.

Picture: Pope Francis looks at a tree as he walks with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi during an arrival ceremony at the airport in Maputo, Mozambique, on 4th September 2019. The pope will also visit Madagascar and Mauritius on his sixth foreign trip of 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

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OTHER NEWS

JOIN US FOR THE RE-DEDICATION EVENT -WATCH OUR LIVESTREAM BELOW AT NOON

THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

At noon today (Sunday, 29 March), England will be rededicated as the Dowry of Mary. While celebrations have been scaled back for obvious reasons, Catholics can still make join in at home by saying the prayers below. You can say the prayers at any time of day, although...

Online Mass and CAFOD are helping fill the holes left in our Sundays

With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

Catholic Churches in Europe opened to fight COVID-19

Catholic dioceses and religious orders across Europe are offering to turn church facilities into spaces needed for health care or housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Church leaders throughout Europe have been struggling to maintain Catholic religious devotions...

CAFOD takes its activities online as world stays home

With the onset of the coronavirus leaving many spending more time inside, organisations have swung into action moving their activities online, including UK charity CAFOD, which hopes its digital events and resources will unite international communities. The Covid-19...