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Youth from marginalized areas of Brazil perform for Pope Francis

During the month of May, the Vatican is showcasing “Women's cry,” an exhibition featuring photographs of marginalized women around the world. The girls featured in one of the photos had the chance to dance for Pope Francis. 

They are members of a group of young people from poor areas of Brazil. After a General Audience, they performed a cultural dance.

It was incredible. It was something I would never have imagined would happen in my life.

Musician and dancer
It is a dream come true to meet the Pope. 

The exhibition is dedicated to women living in exclusion. The photograph of them dancing in the streets of Brazil was taken in a neighborhood known for poverty and violence. 

The conditions are very difficult. There are boys who come home and have only half a kilo of rice to eat. The mothers, unfortunately, have no work. What a great difficulty. It's a difficult life, very difficult for the children.

In the midst of scarcity, children find hope in dance.  

Music and dance mean many things to me. While dancing, I feel calmer, more at peace. It's like when I listen to any rhythm, I already start dancing—it's a very good energy for music.

The director of the Women's cry exhibition said the project was created to change both the lives of the subjects and the public. At the end of the General Audience, spectators and dancers shared the emotion of the meeting with Pope Francis, who said goodbye in Portuguese.