New Brazilian ambassador hands credentials over to pope

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06/12/2019
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This is how the new Brazilian ambassador to the Holy See delivered his credentials.

It's a pleasure.

Welcome.

Thank you, it's my pleasure to present my credentials to you.

Thank you.

Henrique da Silveira Sardinha Pinto is a 63-year-old lawyer. He's had a long diplomatic career as a Brazilian ambassador in Israel and Algeria.

The new ambassador is from the first country Pope Francis visited when elected pope. He gave the pope a painting of Matthew's conversion, which is a replica of a fresco in his new diplomatic headquarters.

Matthew's conversion.

Yes, Matthew's conversion.

The ambassador's family and staff attended the meeting with him. Pope Francis made a special gesture by praying a Hail Mary with them, after giving them rosaries.

Hail Mary.

Later, the pope and new ambassador had a meeting behind closed doors. There, they discussed the relationship the two states have had since 1829.

Daniel Díaz Vizzi
Translated: Rachel Dobrzynski

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