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Given the fact that they are both from Latin America, they of course started speaking in Spanish right away, skipping some of the formalities.

"I'll be saying some informal words Holy Father. Who would have thought that a guy like me would one day be here?”

In Ecuador, 80 percent of the population is Catholic. During their meeting, both leaders talked about the need to improve communication between the Church and State in Ecuador. They also discussed some of the challenges indigenous people face in the country and in the entire continent. The Pope showed his concern for the environment when he was introduced a green economy expert.

POPE FRANCIS
"Take good care of creation. St. Francis wanted that. People occasionally forgive, but nature never does. If we don't take care of the environment, there's no way of getting around it.”

As dignitaries and their families greeted the Pope, there was also time for some laughs.

"Your Holiness, I ask that you bless my family and me.”

"She doesn't need a Confession, she needs an exorcism. She's my personal assistant and she acts like a dictator. She's mean to me.”

"A blessing for me and my family.”

POPE FRANCIS
"But don't be mean.”

As a gift, Ecuador's president gave the Pope a framed image of the Virgin Mary, a white hat and a book.

In return, the Pope gave him an engraved image with St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica.

"Thank you your Holiness. This is a gift for all the people of Ecuador.”

After the official photograph, President Correa said farewell to the Pope, the same way he said hello-with a big hug.


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