President Dilma Rousseff says she respects Pope's decision to retire

Renata Giraldi - Agencia Brasil 28.02.2013 - 11h02 | Atualizado em 28.02.2013 - 11h35

Brasília – President Dilma Rousseff has sent a message to Pope Benedict XVI in which she expresses respect for his decision to retire, wishing him health and peace.

In the message she mentions a number of links between his papacy and Brazil: the pope's visit to Brazil in 2007 when he attended the 5th General Latin American Episcopal Conference in Aparecida do Norte, the canonization of Antonio Galvão de França (popularly known as frei Galvão), Brazil's first native-born saint, and the World Youth Gathering scheduled for this July in Rio de Janeiro that he was scheduled to attend, but which the next pope will now participate in.

The president also highlighted the good relations between Brasília and the Vatican.

Editors: Talita Cavalcante / Nira Foster
Translation: Allen Bennett

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