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Almost a million people attended Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Nu Guazu Park, Asuncion in Paraguay, at the end of his seven-day visit to South America. The crowd included tens of thousands from Francis’s homeland, Argentina – among them President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Tarasios of Buenos Aires. Earlier, the Holy Father visited a slum area on the outskirts of Asuncion which is home to some 1500 families.Prayers during the papal Mass were said in...
Pope Francis’s visit to South America started with a meeting with the hierarchy of Ecuador, in Bicentennial Park in Quito. After he had been greeted by the President of the Ecuadorian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Fausto Gabriel Travez OFM, the Pope spoke with the bishops before presiding at Mass with a congregation of more 1.5 million people and 1,200 priests.In his homily, the Pope spoke about liberation: liberation from social inequality and sin, the need for inclusion at all levels and...
Pope Francis will today lunch with the Jesuit community at Colegio Javier in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the first of three countries he will visit on his seven days in South America, along with Bolivia and Paraguay. He will then fly to Quito where he will pay a courtesy visit to President Rafael Correa before visiting the Cathedral.The Pope was welcomed at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito yesterday (Sunday). He was greeted by a youth orchestra and local dignitaries, and said that he was “...
Pope Francis’ diary for the coming months shows a diverse schedule. It will include a visit to a former Balkan war-zone, a city in northern Italy and three countries in South America.On 6 June, the Pope will meet with a number of different groups during a daytrip to Bosnia, on a visit which it is hoped will help to ease political and ethnic tensions after the country’s recent war. Announcing his visit to Sarajevo during a Sunday Angelus in February, he asked pilgrims to pray that the visit...