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Pope Francis prays before Our Lady of Aparecida


Upon his arrival to the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Pope Francis prayed beforeOur Lady, just moments after walking into the Sanctuary.

Speaking in Portuguese, the Pope said the same prayer pilgrims traditionally recite when visiting the Shrine. He then honored Our Lady with a bouquet of flowers. With applause in the background, the Pope walked up to the statue and blessed it, moments before celebrating his first WYD Mass in the Basilica. 

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