Pope Francis welcomed the president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo to the Vatican. During their brief meeting they talked about their collaboration in areas like health care, education, the defense of life and the family. Both state leaders also talked about the problem of organized crime.
The president was accompanied by his delegation and his family. The atmosphere was very relaxed and even the president's son asked the Pope for his blessing.
As a gift, the president gave the Pope an image of Our Lady of Suyapa, who is also the patroness of the country. In fact, hours before their meeting a permanent statue of the Honduran patroness was unveiled in the Vatican Gardens. The statue is a replica of an original housed in the country's capital.
"Thank you for your gift of Our Lady of Suyapa.”
The Pope gave the president a copy of the document of Aparecida, which he personally worked on as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
'….The Aparecida document is key for any politician. You don't have to read it all, start off with the index.'
So now the Vatican Gardens house two Latin American sculptures of Our Lady. The first, Our Lady of Guadalupe, from Mexico. Now, Our Lady of Suyapa, the patroness of Honduras.