On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Madagascar, the Provincial of Madagascar, Fr. Fulgence Ratsimbazafy, shares about the atmosphere in the country, and the prayer that dwells in his heart.
“It’s just days now before Pope Francis arrives in Madagascar. The people are really excited and impatient to see the Pope during his apostolic visit to the Great Island. This significant and historic event for the country dominates the headlines of all news media - national, traditional, and social. Everyone from all walks of life – in the streets, market places, offices, buses, and churches – talks about this pivotal event in the lives of the people and the country.
The government and the Catholic Church have collaborated very closely to make sure that everything proceeds smoothly before, during, and after the Pope’s visit. Prayers have been said; articles have been written; information has been shared. Vatican flags and Pope Francis’ portrait decorate the streets, the buildings, and the main public spaces.