厄瓜多尔万人空巷 教宗展开返乡之旅

 

 

Pope Francis greets the crowd of faithful from a popemobile in Quito, Ecuador, July 5, 2015. Francis landed in Ecuador's capital Quito on Sunday to begin an eight-day tour of South America that will also include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay. On his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America, the Argentina-born pope is scheduled to conduct masses in both Quito and the coastal city of Guayaquil before flying to Bolivia on Wednesday.   REUTERS/Kevin Granja

教宗方济各星期日抵达厄瓜多尔访问,首都基多数以万计天主教徒夹道欢迎。

(基多6 日综合电)天主教教宗方济各星期日抵达南美国家厄瓜多尔,展开8 天的“返乡之旅”,数以万计的民众兴高采烈聚集在厄瓜多尔首都基多夹道欢迎。

路透社报道,祖籍阿根廷的78岁教宗方济各,这次行程将走访厄瓜多尔、玻利维亚和巴拉圭,这3 国是南美洲最穷、最小的国家。这次出访,也是教宗发表通谕敦促人类停止让全球环境毁坏以来首次出国。

搭客机展现简朴作风

这次行程也是教宗30年来首度造访厄瓜多尔,数以万计的兴奋民众夹道欢迎教宗。教宗乘着教宗专车进入基多,向狂喜的群众微笑挥手致意。

根据法新社,部分民众在教宗经过时抛洒彩纸并开心跳舞,其他人则挥着教宗祖国阿根廷的国旗。

教宗此行搭乘意大利航空公司客机,而非专机,展现他有心在教宗任内落实的简约朴实作风。

白色小圆帽被吹落

教宗下飞机时发生一段小插曲,当时一阵风吹落了他的白色圆形小帽,教袍也被微风卷起,不过和蔼可亲的教宗临危不乱,笑着走下阶梯,迎接厄瓜多尔总统柯利亚的热情拥抱。

教宗这次出访,适逢厄瓜多尔国内政治情势紧张,柯利亚面临日渐升高的呼声,要求他出来面对近年来撼动厄瓜多尔的数起大规模反政府示威。

经常针砭政治议题的教宗敦促柯利亚,不论如何都要促进对话和参与。

教宗随后把话锋转到这次出访的主题,并说:“进步和发展必须确保所有的人都能拥有更好的未来,也必须给予我们最脆弱的弟兄和少数族群特别的关照,这是拉丁美洲仍旧背负的义务。”

 

A girl holds a sign reading "Welcome Pope Francisco (Francis)" as she waits with others for Pope Francis to drive past in Quito, Ecuador, July 5, 2015. Pope Francis landed in Ecuador's capital Quito on Sunday to begin an eight-day tour of South America that will also include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay. On his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America, the Argentina-born pope is scheduled to conduct masses in both Quito and the coastal city of Guayaquil before flying to Bolivia on Wednesday.   REUTERS/Kevin Granja

一名男童拿着“我爱教宗”的海报。(路透社)

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