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Pope Francis meets with Latin American religious leaders

Pontiff to travel to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day

Pope Francis meets with Latin American religious leaders

Vatican City, April 25 - Pope Francis met Thursday with religious figures from South America including Isaac Sacca, rabbi of the Jewish community in Argentina. The pope also received Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the pontifical council for legislative texts, and members of Celam, the Council of Bishops in Latin America. Meanwhile, Vatican officials announced that Francis, who is from Argentina, plans to visit Rio de Janeiro in July to attend the World Youth Day. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the pope may also visit Assisi in Umbria, the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, sometime this year.

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