PILGRIMAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF FÁTIMA
on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions
of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Cova da Iria
(12-13 May 2017)
GREETING TO JOURNALISTS
ON THE FLIGHT FROM ROME TO PORTUGAL*
Friday, 12 May 2017
Thank you, Holy Father. Just two weeks after the last trip: a very different trip. Normally people when they make a trip with the Pope, say: “Let us pray for you”. This time, since it is to Fátima, everyone has said to us, “Pray for us”, because it is Fátima. There are several new journalists, as there is a good Portuguese group, and so I would like to take the opportunity to say that this is a moment of greetings, not the time to recount life, death and miracles. We must respect the Holy Father’s time: a little time to eat, a little to rest, and I imagine also to pray. Thank you.
Good afternoon, and thank you for this company and for the work you will do during this trip which, as Greg said, is a bit special: it is a trip of prayer, of encounter with the Lord and with the Holy Mother of God.
Thank you for your company, and let us go ahead.
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