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Pope Francis discusses Church youth with Brazilian president

The new Holy Father met with the president of Brazil on March 20 to discuss the importance of young people in the Church and plans for the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Pope Francis discussed how "the Church is very focused on young people," said Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff after the meeting.

According to the Brazilian bishops' conference website, Rousseff said that the Pope "spoke about the importance of young people in the building of the future of humanity."

She added that the Holy Father considers the fight against drugs and the promotion of values to be fundamental.

"We talked about the issue of drugs and crack, about reinforcing values, principles and symbols for the youth."

The Pope confirmed to Rousseff that he would attend World Youth Day in Rio this July and said that he would like to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, the largest Marian shrine in the world.

Speaking from Rome, where he has been since the conclave last week, Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida said the news "fills me with joy. The devotees of Our Lady of Aparecida all over Brazil must also be exultant with joy."

In 2007, the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean met for their 5th General Conference at Aparecida to discuss issues of interest for the Church. The committee charged with drafting the final document for the conference was chaired by the Pope, who was at the time Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires.

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