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Pope Francis meets with Paraguayan Ambassador to the Holy See

Pope Francis met with the Paraguayan Ambassador to the Holy See, Alfredo Ratti.

Their greeting was very cordial, as was the presentation of the ambassador's credentials to the pope.

A most cordial greeting from the president and from the whole country.

Thank you very much. Thank you very much.

The diplomat was accompanied by his wife of 36 years and several other members of his family.

The pope gave each of them a small gift.

How many kids do you have in total?

Two daughters and eight grandchildren. One is in heaven.

Eight grandchildren.

Pope Francis praised the role of women in the history of Paraguay.

 They're characterized by having raised the country, the language and the culture. You know she is the most glorious woman in America.

As is customary, the pope then said a prayer together with those present. 

He then had a private conversation with the new ambassador.

Claudia Torres