Pope Francis met with the President of Paraguay at the papal residence Casa Santa Marta. But due to his health, he did not receive him in the Apostolic Palace as he usually does when receiving world leaders.
I have this flu.
-You can receive me wherever you want.
The meeting was very intimate. The First Lady presented him with a basket of traditional Paraguayan food.
First, we found out that he really likes chipa, so we brought him chipa.
-I think it's great for breakfast.
They also gave him an image of the Virgin of Caacupé carved in rosewood, figurines from a Nativity scene made by the indigenous Paraguayan people, a poncho and a silver rosary.
In turn, Pope Francis gave the president a bronze figure with the inscription: "Let's fill the hands of other hands." And he also presented them with a book from the pontifical apartment.
This is where I should have welcomed you, on this floor, with all the works of art that are there.
The Pope's current pulmonary inflammation has forced him to cancel other events previously scheduled in his agenda.