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Pope Francis greets faithful in Sweden

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 01:14

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for Sweden's tiny Catholic community, made up of many refugees and migrants, praising as ''blessed'' those in this overwhelmingly non-religious nation who take in asylum seekers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis arrived at a Malmo stadium on Tuesday (November 1) for a mass attended by Sweden's tiny Catholic community, made up of mostly refugees and migrants. The main purpose of the pope's two-day trip was to take part in a joint commemoration with Lutherans of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. After the historic inter-religious ceremony on Monday, Francis turned his attention to the country's small Catholic community, giving a shot in the arm to a community which numbers only about 150,000 out of a population of about 10 million. In a football stadium packed with some 15,000 spectators, Francis weaved his homily around Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount," which lists the Beatitudes, but added a few modern twists. Malmo has become a gateway for thousands of immigrants who have fled from Middle East wars over the last few years. Sweden took in 163,000 asylum seekers last year - more than any other European Union state relative to population and its reputation for tolerance and stability made it a haven for refugees for decades.

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Pope Francis greets faithful in Sweden

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 01:14