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Pope's 2nd day in Brazil begins quietly May 10, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI began the second day of his apostolic trip to Brazil on May 10 by celebrating Mass privately at the Sao Bento monastery where he is lodged. Then he traveled across Sao Paulo for a courtesy call on President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva.

The Pope's meeting with the Brazilian leader-- who had formally greeted him Wednesday afternoon when the papal plane touched down in Brazil-- took place in the Palacio dos Bandeirantes, the governor's residence in Sao Paulo. The Holy Father's half-hour conversation with President Lula centered on social issues in Brazil.

After lunch with leaders of the Brazilian hierarchy, the Pontiff will meet Thursday afternoon with representatives of other Christian denominations active in Brazil.

Later in the afternoon the Pope will address a large audience of young people gathered in a Sao Paulo's Paulo Machado de Carvalho stadium.

The schedule for the second day of the trip has been deliberately kept simple, to allow the 80-year-old Pontiff time to rest after the long trip from Rome. The highlights of the papal trip will come on Friday, with the canonization of Blessed Frei Galvao, and on Sunday, when the Pope addresses the opening session of the Latin American bishops' conference.

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