|Pope Francis boards Al Italia flight to Rio|
This visit marks the first foreign journey of this Latin American Pontiff. Originally planned for his predecessor the See of Peter, Benedict XVI, Pope Francis has added his own touches to the trip, including a visit to the Marian Shrine of Aparecida.
Upon his arrival in Rio, Pope Francis will go by open air popemobile to the Guanabara Palace for the official Welcoming Ceremony. There he'll be received by the President of Brazil, Dilma Vand Rousseff Linhares, the Governor of Rio State, Sergio Cabral Filho, and the Mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes.
Pope Francis will then spend the night at the hillside residence of Sumaré, home to the Archbishop of Rio de Janerio, Monsignor Orani Tempesta. (S0urce: Vatican Radio)
|Room where Pope Franis will stay in Rio|
The accommodations are located at the Sumare House in Rio de Janeiro, where Blessed John Paul II also stayed in October, 1997. The late pontiff had traveled to Brazil for the Second World Meeting of Families.
The room where Pope Francis will stay has a simple bed, a night stand with a telephone, and a small desk. A crucifix hangs on the wall over the bed.
The room reflects the simplicity and humility that has characterized his pontificate and his prior ministry as archbishop of Buenos Aires.
Other pictures available HERE.
For those of us unable to make it to Rio, Pope Francis has asked for our prayers for WYD. And if you want to follow the liturgies and join in the Morning and Evening Prayer of the festival of faith the english version of the booklet is available as a pdf.
WYD 2013: Rio reminds me that the Church is truly universal - Catholic Herald coverage
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