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So close but so far away: Pope sends telegram to Argentina en route to Chile

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I send heartfelt best wishes to all the people of my homeland ...

Pope Francis undoubtedly wishes that he could just pop across the border and spend some time in his home diocese of Buenos Aires during his visit to South America this week.

Unfortunately, popes can’t really “pop” anywhere (even retired ones, as Benedict XVI has mentioned).

The Holy Father had to content himself with the telegram sent according to protocol, as he flew over Argentina en route to Chile, where he will land momentarily.

As I fly over Argentinian airspace I extend to you my warm greetings and I send heartfelt best wishes to all the people of my homeland, assuring them of my closeness and blessing. I ask all of you, please, do not forget to pray for me.

Franciscus

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