Pope Francis receives jubilant welcome in Maputo | AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Maputo, Mozambique, where he is welcomed by Mozambican President Filipe Nyuzi and a selection of national clergymen. This visit is the first part of a week-long tour that will see him visit three Indian Ocean African countries hard hit by poverty, conflict and natural disaster.

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Preparations underway in Madagascar ahead of Pope Francis’ visit | AFP

Volunteers clean the streets and churches of Antananarivo ahead of the much-awaited visit of Pope Francis to the Malagasy capital. The head of the Catholic church will visit Madagascar as part of a week-long tour across three Indian Ocean African countries.

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Mozambicans set the stage for visit from Pope Francis | AFP

Catholics in Maputo are busy carrying out the final preparations ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Mozambique. It comes as part of a week-long tour across three Indian Ocean African countries. Mozambique’s government has spent 300,000 euros ($330,000) preparing for the pope’s visit, according to the Foreign Ministry, including repair work carried out on Maputo’s cathedral and improvements to the city’s roads.

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