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APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO CHILE AND PERU
(15-22 JANUARY 2018)

GREETING TO JOURNALISTS ON THE FLIGHT TO  CHILE

Papal flight
Monday, 15 January 2018

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Greg Burke:

Thanks, Holiness.  Thanks first for this morning’s thought: we have all received the card [with the picture of the boy] from Nagasaki.  Thank you especially for the chance to travel with you.  We are a full 70 persons, including, I believe, 12 from Chile and Peru, so twelve new faces.  I take the opportunity to let them know that this is a greeting; there are not 70 questions when we take our turns.  That’s all.  Maybe you want to say something.

Pope Francis:

Good day!

Have a good trip.  They told me from Alitalia that the Rome-Santiago flight is their longest direct flight: fifteen hours and forty… or twenty, minutes… I don’t know.  We’ll have time to rest, work, lots of things.  Thanks for you work which will be demanding: three days in one country, three in the other…  For me it will not be so difficult in Chile because I studied there for a year, I have many friends and I know well – that is to say… I know more…  In Peru I know less, because I went there two or three times for congresses, meetings….

Then, Greg spoke about what I gave you [the card]: I found this by chance.  It was taken in 1945; on the back is the information.  It is a boy carrying his dead brother, standing in line before the crematorium in Nagasaki, after the bombing.  I was moved when I saw this [picture], and I dared write only “the fruits of war”.  And I thought of reprinting it and giving it, because a picture like this says more than a thousand words.  So I wanted to share it with you.

And thanks for your work!

Greg Burke:

Thanks!



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