Pope says he returns to Latin America as witness of Christian love

By Cindy Wooden and Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — Pope Francis returned to his native Latin America July 22, asking for open hearts, even after the irrepressible crowds made it clear he had them.

The 76-year-old pope’s first international trip involved a 12-hour flight from Rome, taking him back to the continent he left more than four months ago to attend the conclave that elected him pope.

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