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Aboard the papal plane, Feb 5, 2019 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- Please read below for CNA's full transcript of the pope's Feb. 5 in-flight press conference from Abu Dhabi to Rome:
Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Holy See Press Office: Good afternoon, Holy Father. Good afternoon to you all. We journalists frequently use the adjective 'historic,' and at times they tell us we use it too often. Maybe for this trip we used it well and many used it in different languages. Truly a short trip in length but with a really long horizon, and all hope that the fruits and the seeds of these days will be long-lasting. Clearly a trip, as was seen today a few hours ago, a meeting with a people... of many peoples. The organizers were saying around 100 nationalities were present. And then yesterday this [joint] document, obviously extraordinary, valuable.
Surprise - Surprises - Pleasure - Colleagues - Importance
A surprise, but I imagine one of those surprises that is a pleasure for colleagues to recount for its importance. I do not know if before the questions, Holy Father, you want to address some words?
Pope Francis: First of all, hello, thank you for the company. It was too short of a trip, but for me it was a great experience. It’s that I think that every trip is historic, also each of our days, to write the story of every day... no story is small, every story is big and worthy even if [judged to be] bad, the dignity is hidden, can always come up. Thank you so much for your collaboration.
Gisotti - Ok - Questions - Tradition - Journalists
Gisotti: Ok, let’s begin with the questions. As is tradition, starting with the local journalists. This document which is full of information really raises many reflections. The first to address the question to the Holy Father is Barham from Sky News Arabia.
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