Bridges of friendship
· The Pope leaves for Cuba and the US. And before leaving, he is greeted by the Syrian family of refugees being hosted by the Vatican. ·
The Syrian family being hosted by the Vatican parish of Santa Anna were able to thank Pope Francis for his hospitality on Saturday morning, 19 September.
Their visit came shortly before the Holy Father departed for Cuba and the United States. The family, accompanied by the Papal Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, greeted Pope Francis briefly at the Santa Marta residence to say thank you and to wish him a safe trip. Before leaving by car for the airport, the Pope was greeted also by Msgrs Peter Bryan Wells and José Avelino Bettencourt, respectively Assessor and Head of Protocol of the Secretariat of State.
The evening before, Friday 18 September, Pope Francis had visited the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome, to entrust his 10th Apostolic Journey abroad to the Mother of God. Francis has made is a traditionto visit the Papal Basilica and pray before the Salus Populi Romani (Protectress of the Roman People) before and after trips abroad.
A few hours later that evening, CNN en Español broadcast a video-interview in which the Pope spoke with 10 students, five Cuban and five from the US, invited by the Scholas occurrentes. He approached several topics: from protecting the environment to dialogue between nations, education and the quest for peace.
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