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Aparecida Archbishop on Pope and WYD 2013

Pope Francis wants to express his love and his devotion to Our Lady, called in Brazil "Our Lady of Aparecida", the patron of our country and our people, said Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno, Archbishop of Aparecida and president of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Aparecida on July 24.
About the details of Pope’s visit to the National Shrine, the Cardinal said: The Holy Father will arrive in Aparecida around 10:00 am and Mass will begin at 10:30 am inside the Basilica.

Cardinal Damasceno also revealed that the Pontiff told him that at the end of Mass, he will go to the balcony (christened with the name of Pope Benedict XVI) to pray with the faithful outside the Sanctuary, who will follow the Mass on giant screens.

According to the Cardinal, in addition to the meeting to be held immediately after the Mass, the Pope Francis will travel in 'Pope mobile' in the path that separates the Basilica of the Seminary. The same will happen in the afternoon when Papa Francesco will do the reverse path from the seminary to the Basilica to take the helicopter that will bring him back to Rio de Janeiro.
Pope Francis will remain throughout 24th July afternoon at the Seminary, where he will have lunch together in the company of seminarians. It will be a private dinner. After that there will be a moment of rest.

The Pope will bless an image of St. Anthony de Santana Galvão (Frei Galvão, the first Brazilian saint, who was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 in São Paulo), born in the city of Guaratinguetá, and that belongs to the Archdiocese of Aparecida. This image will then be carried in procession, probably in October, during the feast of the saint, in the place where the future shrine dedicated to him will be built.

Cardinal Damasceno also revealed that before the Mass, the Pope will stop in the Chapel of the Apostles to contemplate the original image of Our Lady of Aparecida. Source: VR Sedoc


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