MADAGASCAR : Pope Francis to visit this large island nation, teetering on the edge of the abyss
In a country ravaged by poverty, corruption and entrenched attitudes, the visit of the Holy Father is good news for its people, 58% of whom are Christians.
by Thomas Oswald.
In the diocesan grounds of Soamandrakizay, in Androhibe on the southern fringes of the capital Antananarivo, the authorities are preparing a vast 60-hectare site for the great outdoor Mass which will be celebrated by Pope Francis on Sunday, 8 September 2019. This will be the first visit to the island by a Pope since the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1989.
Completion of a parish church completed with support from Aid to the Church in Need. Blessed by Victoire Rasomana. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need. Photographer Razouka R.