Hereis the text of Pope Francis’ Address to Brazilian Leaders this morning in the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro. The symphony orchestra and chorus have begun the ceremony with beautiful musical selections culminating in the singing of the Rio World Youth Day Hymn as Pope Francis appeared on stage.
Miserando Atque Eligendo. True to his episcopal motto, but above all faithful to the salvific value of “sixth feria”, or Friday as it is known in Brazil, Pope Francis dedicated the morning to the ministry of confession of three boys and three girls: three Brazilians, a Venezuelan and an Italian.
Here is the translation of the address given by Pope Francis during his visit to the São Francisco De Assis Na Providência Hospital, which assists drug addicts and alcoholics and offers free medical care to the poor.
Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, July 23, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta presided over the opening ceremony of Rio’s WYD with thousands of young people and hundreds of Bishops who defied a subtle and persistent rain, which recalled Gideon’s fleece, given the challenge of the New Evangelization.