|Kenyan mountains visible above the clouds.|
On Wednesday, September 19th, I flew overnight from Monrovia, Liberia, through Accra Ghana into the Nairobi, Kenya airport, where I changed planes for a flight south to Zimbabwe. As we were passing through southern Kenya, the high mountains were visible from the plane above the clouds (photo above).
|One of the countless, vivid jacaranda trees that adorn Harare.|
I'm not sure what I expected in Zimbabwe, but I never imagined how beautiful, pleasant and well laid-out the capital city of Harare would be. My experience of landing at the airport was the smoothest and most pleasant of any international arrival I can remember. And the entire city is studded with jacaranda trees that were in full, vivid bloom, like the one above.
I was also impressed by the beautiful architecture of some of the newer buildings in the city center. They really had a touch of beauty that went far beyond mere functionality, like the one above and the others below.
Zimbabwe also has a significant Catholic population, with a number of prominent Catholic buildings and institutions, like the cathedral, seen through the car window below.
|The Catholic Cathedral in Harare.|
My host for this Zimbabwe visit was Fr. Liam McCarthy, OFM, an Irish Franciscan who has served as a missionary in Zimbabwe for the past 10 years. I met him last February at the consecration of our mutual friend, Bishop Michael Lenihan, OFM, in La Ceiba, Honduras. Fr. Liam is a talented and busy man, and it was a blessing and a pleasure to accompany and support him in some of the activities and responsibilities he carries out in Zimbabwe, as I'll share in the next few posts.
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