POPE FRANCIS: GREETS THE AUTHORITIES AND THE "HUGE" HEART OF BRAZILIAN PEOPLE ” “

"I have found out that, to have access to the Brazilian people, you have to get in through the door of their huge heart": these are the words with which Pope Francis showed up at the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro, this evening, responding with a long, warm speech to the greetings of the president of Brazil, Dilma Roussef. With his unfailingly soft, refined manners, Pope Francis immediately went on and said: "So, right now, let me softly knock on such door", the door of the "huge heart" of the Brazilian people who even today, as shown by TV footage, welcomed him in great numbers and cheerfully. He wanted to thank the Lord, who, in His "loving providence, "wanted the first international journey of my Papacy to give me a chance to go back to my beloved Latin America", "actually – he then went on – to Brazil, a country that boasts sound relations with the Apostolic See and its deep sentiments of faith and friendship that have always kept it uniquely bonded to the Successor of Peter". So, since his very first official speech, the Pope has struck the emotional and cultural "chords", not only of the highest Brazilian authorities that were attending the reception but those of all the population that had run to greet him with the typical warmth of "huge"-hearted Brazilians. (continued)” “

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