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Rain is no obstacle for Pope Francis

Fall season in Rome usually brings one more guest to the Papal audiences: the rain. Its around this time, that visitors from all over the world shouldn't forget to bring their umbrellas. Or anything else that comes to mind that offers cover.   

TOURIST FROM PANAMA

"Well yes, of course. We're here with our ponchos! Everywhere we go, we take them. That way we're always prepared.�

For some, rain isn't even an issue. This pilgrim came all the way from Colorado, where thunderstorms and inches of snow are part of daily life. He doesn't seem too bothered by the Roman rain, at all. 

TOURIST FROM COLORADO

"Oh, superb. Absolutely superb. It's such a blessing to be in the presence of Pope Francis. The rain doesn't bother: it felt like Holy water, a blessing from God!�

He and Pope Francis had one thing in common: neither of them used anything to protect themselves from the rain. 

TOURIST FROM COLORADO

"We figured, he had Gore-Tex on. There's probably a set for all weather conditions.�

These pilgrims from Argentina don't think that's the answer. If Pope Francis doesn't need an umbrella it's because, like them, he's Argentinian and the rain is not an obstacle. 

TOURIST FROM ARGENTINA

"In his charisma, in his true-self, in everything. He proves he's from Argentina in everything. He represents us, just like Messi, like Maradona!�

They say it's not a coincidence that at the center of the Argentinian flag, there's a sun, since warmth they say, is a state of mind. 

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-PR

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