"I'm much better there than in reality," joked the Pope after seeing the smartphone "Popemojis" sponsored by Aleteia
As is tradition, Pope Francis went to greet the 75 journalists one by one, who accompanied him on the flight to Cuba and the United States. He talked a bit to those present of his excitement that morning, when he said goodbye to the Syrian family staying in the Vatican.
One by one, the journalists gave him personal gifts: books, trophies, letters, and numerous selfies were taken with him.
Andres Beltramo Alvarez, from the Mexican agency Notimex of the Vatican Insider, let the Pope hear a message from one of his daughters on his cell. Jean-Louis Vassiere, from the Presse Agency, gave him his latest book. Christiana Caricato, from the Catholic broadcaster TV2000, showed him the “Popemojis” designed by Aleteia for smartphones: “I’m much better there than in reality,” joked the Pope. Telemundo reporter handed him a copy of the Emmy he won for the television coverage of the conclave, and the Argentina journalist Elisabetta Pique gave him a box of Argentine dulce de leche sweets.
The journalist Maria Antonieta Collins, from Univision, gave him a box of meat empanadas, typical of Argentina, cooked in one of Miami’s best restaurants, to hand out during the flight to those present.