Pope Francis in Ecuador - Welcome ceremony
Begins South America Trip 'With Excitement and Hope'
Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador this afternoon for the first stop in his three-country, nine-day South America visit, saying that he comes as a "witness of God’s mercy and of faith in Jesus Christ."
A brisk breeze greeted the Holy Father in Quito, such that as soon as he stepped out from the plane, his zucchetto went flying.President Rafael Correa and his wife gave the Pope a warm welcome, telling him, "Welcome to your home."
In President Correa’s address, he noted Ecuador’s pro-life laws and commitment to family. He mentioned the contradiction in South America being a Christian continent, but plagued by inequality. Referencing Laudato Si’, President Correa spoke at length about poverty and social justice.
- A Secret Meeting of the Pope John Paul II with Polish Greek-Catholics
- Canada designates April 2nd as Pope John Paul II Day
- Nigerian Catholic Bishops: Good Families Make Good Nations
- Francis, Benedict, and John Paul II: Kids’ Saints Books That You’ll Enjoy Reading, Too
- Seven Lessons for Statesmen and Sinners