Pope Francis is on his way toBrazil! He arrived to Romes Fiumicino airport by helicopter, before departing on the 12 hour flight, at roughly 8: 45 a.m, Rome time.
Among the different religious and political leaders who greeted the Pope before his departure, was Italy's prime minister, Enrico Letta.
The Pope boarded the flight, carrying his personal black briefcase. This trip to Rio de Janeiro, marks his first international trip as Pontiff. Once in Brazil, he will lead World Youth Day.