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Pope Francis Pops in to Chat With Pontifical Commission for Latin America

“I just thought I’d drop by,” he said, and recalled visits to the commission when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires

From Vatican Radio:

Pope Francis paid a surprise call on the officers and staff of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America on Wednesday. The Holy Father knocked on the door of the Commission’s offices shortly after 9 AM Rome time, saying, “I just thought I’d drop by,” and asking the ranking official on site, Professor Guzmàn Carriquiry, whether he, “had a few minutes to spare for a chat.”

After a half hour’s conversation Pope Francis greeted the office workers one-by-one, pausing for photographs – including a few selfies – and sharing some memories of his visits to the Commission when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

The Holy Father decided on the surprise visit after a dental appointment in the Vatican. Having been informed of the complicated security protocols involved in such an impromptu jaunt, Pope Francis responded, “Don’t worry: we’re in God’s hands.”

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