22nd July 14:21
Holy Father Holds Short Meeting with President Lula da Silva (books office time)
Holy Father Holds Short Meeting with President Lula da Silva
Sao Paulo, May 10, 2007 (CNA).- The Pope's meeting with the Brazilian
leader-- who had formally greeted him Wednesday afternoon when the papal
plane touched down in Brazil-- took place in the Palacio dos
Bandeirantes, the governor's resident in Sao Paulo.
It was mainly a private meeting and no official declaration will be made
by the President's office on the meeting. At the end of the meeting at
around 11:45 a.m. (local time), Pope Benedict and the President, the
latter accompanied by his wife, Marisa Leticia, stood for 15 minutes in
front of the cameras of the international press who were present there.
President Lula presented his gifts to the Pope, a collection of three
books, the complete works of Brazilian painter Cāndido Portinari.
Likewise, the first Lady gave the Holy Father a portrait of the Pontiff,
made by Brazilian painter Roberto Camasmie. In return, the Pope
presented to both of them a Pontifical medal.
After lunch, Pope Benedict will meet with leaders of the Brazilian
hierarchy, the Pontiff will meet Thursday afternoon with representatives
of other Christian denominations active in Brazil.
Later in the afternoon the Pope will address a large audience of young
people gathered in a Sao Paulo's Paulo Machado de Carvalho stadium.