WYD 2013: Full text of Pope Francis’s arrival speech

Below is the full text of the arrival speech given by Pope Francis at the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, the first day of a week long Apostolic Visit to mark World Youth Day. The Pontiff was welcomed by the President of Brazil, Dilma Vana Rousseff Linhares, the Governor of Rio State, Sergio Cabral Filho, and the Mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes.

Madam President,
Distinguished Authorities,
Brethren and Friends!

In his loving providence, God wished that the first international trip of my pontificate should take me back to my beloved Latin America, specifically to Brazil, a country proud of its links to the Apostolic See and of its deep sentiments of faith and friendship that have always kept it united in a special way to the Successor of Peter. I am grateful for this divine benevolence.