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New Vatican Spokesman Thanks Francis for His Patience

Pope greets journalists on papal flight; press conference will be on return trip

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On the plane that took him this morning to Georgia, Pope Francis went as usual to greet the media agents accompanying him on the papal flight, letting them know that a press conference will be held as customary on Sunday’s return flight.
The Holy Father welcomed Greg Burke, the new director of the Vatican press office, on his first trip in that role.
Burke thanked the Pope especially for his “availability and patience.”
“The other day we saw you greet 400 journalists, one by one … Great patience! However, we hope that today we won’t put your patience to the test.”
The Pontiff, who turns 80 in December, noted his relief that the trip won’t be too long. “This trip will be brief, thank God: in three days we will be back home,” he said, before making his way through greeting the journalists individually. 

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