| 24 April 2024, Wednesday |

President Lula to invite Pope Francis to Brazilian Catholic festival

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, announced on Saturday that he would invite Pope Francis to attend the annual Cirio de Nazare celebration in the northern city of Belem in October.

Next week, Lula will visit Europe and meet with Pope Francis on Tuesday.

“I want to invite him to come to Brazil again. But I wanted to invite him to come to the Cirio celebration here, Lula said during an event in the state of Para. “It would be extraordinary if he could participate.”

Lula had a phone call with Pope Francis on May 31 to discuss topics such as the war in Ukraine and environmental protection in Brazil.

The government confirmed that Lula invited Francis to visit Brazil during the phone call, adding the Roman Catholic leader indicated he would consider the invitation.

The Cirio de Nazare festival, in devotion to Our Lady of Nazareth, is Brazil’s biggest religious celebration. It came with Portuguese colonizers in 1793 and sees about two million people gathering in pilgrimages and processions.

  • Reuters