Francis Given Keys to Rio

Blesses Flags for Olympics, Paralympics

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (Zenit.org) | 824 hits

In a simple ceremony today on the balcony of Rio's municipal palace, Pope Francis received the key to the city from Mayor Eduardo Paes.

Two youth, one in a wheelchair, gave the large key in a box to the Pope, as the mayor assisted him in opening it.

Afterward, the Pontiff used holy water to bless the Olympic and Paralympic flags.

Brazil will host the Olympics in 2016.