Pope requests cheaper accommodation for Mozambique visit

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Pope Francis has instructed the Catholic Church in Mozambique not to spend above his minimum needs in terms of accommodation expenses.

According to Mozambique Newspaper, Jornal Domingo, The High Pontiff has rejected a first proposal concerning accommodation expenses for the papal entourage, saying it must be accommodated in a less expensive hotel.

“The Holy Father wanted a very simple hotel, and rejected the first choice sent to the Vatican, asking for less expensive accommodation for his secretaries, undersecretaries, bishops and cardinals,” the Auxiliary Bishop of Maputo said on Sunday.

The papal entourage is 50 strong, and will stay at Hotel África in Maputo, which has now become subject to security restrictions.

This will be the second time a Pope visits Mozambique.

The first papal visit took place 31 years ago, in September 1988, when Pope John Paul II came to Maputo at a time when the country was still at war.

Pope Francis is due to arrive at Maputo International Airport in the late afternoon of 4 September.

The next day, the Pope will pay a courtesy visit to the Mozambican president at the Ponta Vermelha Palace, where he will meet members of the government and representatives of civil society and the diplomatic corps and give his first speech.

Source: Domingo / Noticias / Club of Mozambique