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Pope Calls for Prayer, Dialogue in Brazil

As a political crisis may result in the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Pope Francis called for “prayer and dialogue in the South American nation as he addressed Portuguese-speaking pilgrims during his General Audience this morning.

“In these days, as we prepare for the feast of Pentecost, the Pope said, “I ask the Lord to abundantly pour out the gifts of His Spirit, so that the country, in these moments of difficulty, proceeds on the path of harmony and peace, with the help of prayer and dialogue.

“May the closeness of Our Lady of Aparecida, who as a good mother will never abandon her children, both defend and guide you on this journey, he concluded.

After being accused of hiding the public deficit during her 2014 re-election campaign, President Rousseff is facing impeachment proceedings, but denies the charges.

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