The Arrival of the Pope in Mauritius
July 10 2019
July 10 2019
Mauritius is a hugely popular island destination for holidaymakers of every kind and it’s certainly no stranger to VIP guests. But this September, Mauritius will welcome an extraordinarily special guest, the Supreme Pontiff himself, Pope Francis.
Pope Francis will be gracing the Mauritian shores with his presence for a day only on 9 September 2019 which promises to be an unforgettable day for all who witness his visit.
Interested in finding out more about the arrival of the Pope in Mauritius? Here’s what you need to know:
He will be the second Pope ever to visit Mauritius
The first Pope to visit Mauritius was some 30 years ago in 1989 when Pope John Paul II made an apostolic journey to the island nation, which means that Pope Francis will be the second Pope to visit the island ever—it’s an incredibly momentous occasion. The Prime Minister of Mauritius extended an invitation to the Vatican in November 2018, inviting the Pope to visit Mauritius and it’s a great honour that he has agreed to do just that and bless the incredible multicultural country in person. Pope John Paul II was greeted with huge enthusiasm when he visited the island nation and Pope Francis is sure to be met with as much fervour in September - it’s going to be an extraordinary occasion.
Much planning has already gone into the trip
In March this year, a Vatican delegation visited Mauritius to decide on the location for the Pope’s mass as well as to take a look at what is possible for the events set to take place on 9 September 2019. The delegation was led by the primary organiser of pontifical trips, Bishop Mauricio Rueda. A number of site visits were conducted and logistical details were discussed which will be finalised before the trip begins. This has meant a trip to Rome for some Mauritian teams and other Vatican delegations in Mauritius—an incredible amount of planning has gone into this amazing trip.
The visit is not just for Catholics
On 27 March 2019, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth had a press briefing along with Cardinal Piat who outlined the purpose of the visit, stating “It is not only a visit of Pope Francis to Catholics but to the Mauritian people, in all their religious diversity.” This special event is not just for Christians or Catholics, but for everyone who would like to be a part of it.
The Pope will make other stops during this apostolic journey
This apostolic journey, the Pope’s 31st, and his 6th international trip for 2019 will run from 4-10 September 2019 and along with Mauritius, Mozambique and Madagascar are also on his itinerary. The Pope will visit Maputo in Mozambique, Antananarivo in Madagascar and Port Louis in Mauritius.
He plans to participate in a number of activities, many of which will centre on holy masses, speeches, meetings with government officials, private visits to sacred sites and even visits to certain local hospitals. As is stated in this article, “Pope Francis travels to the three nations as a pilgrim of peace, hope and reconciliation, all themes that are reflected in the official logos of the journey.”
The 9th of September is sure to be memorable
During the Pope’s visit in Mauritius on the 9th of September, he will hold a holy mass at Marie-Reine de la Paix, after which he will head to Madagascar. People from Reunion Island, Rodrigues, Seychelles and the Comoros Archipelago, along with their bishops, will be in Mauritius for this momentous occasion and to hear what the Pope has to say. For full details of the Pope’s programme, you can click here.
Regardless of what faith you follow, this is sure to be an extraordinary, unmissable and special experience in Mauritius, so be sure to book a stay over this time to witness this moment in history. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to book your stay