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What the Pope can expect during his flight to Brazil

2013-07-22

Traveling to Brazil, for World Youth Day, marks the Popes first international trip. On Monday morning, after greeting religious leaders and Italian   politicians, the Pope boarded a plane and took off to Rio de Janeiro. Many were surprised to see him carry his personal briefcase, as he boarded the   plane. 

During the 12 hour flight, the plane will fly over Italy, Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal and finally Brazil. The flight will be long, but there's plenty of people to keep the Pope company.

FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican's Spokesperson

"The entourage includes the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and his substitute, Msgr. Becciu. Among the cardinals there's Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who serves as the president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and Brazilian Cardinal Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Religious.”


Several journalists are also flying with the Pope, on the papal plane. Instead of the traditional press conference, that began under John Paul II and was continued under Benedict XVI, Pope Francis decided he will not have a press conference. Instead, he will personally greet each journalist. 

The Pope will be a big jet lagged when he arrives to Brazil, since Rome is five hours ahead of Rio. But, upon arrival,  he will first be greeted by two children who will give the Pope a floral arrangement as a welcoming gift.

He will then be greeted by Brazil's Papal Nuncio, Msgr. Giovanni d'Aniello and by Archbishop  Msgr. Orani Joao Tempesta.


The country's president, Dilma Rousseff and the state governor are expected to greet the Pope as well. But the official ceremony will not take place at the airport. Rather, it will be held at the city's Guanabara Palace, where the Pope will give his initial speech.

Afterward the Pope will head out to the so called Sumaré residence where he will have a private dinner, before heading off to sleep.


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