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Pope Francis calls Mozambique bishop after Islamist militants seize port city

Pope Francis made an unexpected phone call this week to a bishop in northern Mozambique, where militants linked to the Islamic State have seized control of the port city of Mocimboa da Praia.

 

“Today to my surprise and joy I received a call from His Holiness Pope Francis who comforted me greatly. He said that he is following events in our province with great concern and that he has been praying for us. He also said to me that if there was anything else that he could do, we should not hesitate to ask him,” Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa wrote on a diocesan webpage.

Pope Francis called the bishop on the 19th of August after the Islamic State declared that it had taken two military bases near Cabo Delgado’s port city Mocimboa da Praia.

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