GIS – 05 August, 2019: The visit of Pope Francis to Mauritius on 9 September 2019 will be a landmark event for the country, said the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, this afternoon, during a press conference at the New Treasury Building, Port Louis, in the presence of Cardinal Maurice Piat and other personalities.
According to Mr Jugnauth, the visit of Pope Francis will be a State visit, prepared with the collaboration of the Diocese of Port Louis, and he expressed the wish that the population welcomes the Pope with the same enthusiasm, brotherhood, unity and pomp that they showcased during the recent hosting of the Indian Ocean Islands Games 2019 in the country. The Papal visit, he stressed, is yet another key national event that will further bond the population.
The Prime Minister pointed out that several site visits are being organised to the places that the Pope will visit in Mauritius. He expressed satisfaction as regards the repair and embellishment works being undertaken in this context and which are expected to be completed within the set time-frame.
Speaking of Government’s commitment towards this event, Prime Minister Jugnauth underpinned that provision has been made in Budget 2019-2020 to ensure a high-level security and for the smooth running of the Papal visit.
Mr Jugnauth also announced that a Media Center will be set up at Le Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, to cater for the needs of local and international press. A live telecast of the visit on international level is also scheduled through Eurovision, he indicated, adding that the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation will be responsible for local live telecast.
For his part, Cardinal Piat stated that the Pope is a messenger of peace adding that his visit to Mauritius is being awaited not only by Christians but by all Mauritians. He highlighted that the Père Laval pilgrimage that is normally carried out on 8 and 9 September, will be preponed to 7 and 8 September 2019 so as to ensure that the visit of Pope Francis on 9 September 2019, takes place in the best conditions possible.
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