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Pope Francis at Audience greets UN Peacekeepers

Pope Francis drinks a maté with United Nations peacekeepers from Paraguay. - REUTERS

Pope Francis drinks a maté with United Nations peacekeepers from Paraguay. - REUTERS

03/02/2016 14:07

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday met with a group of soldiers serving as United Nations peacekeepers from Paraguay and Argentina. The group was attending the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

UN peacekeepers are identified by their blue helmets or berets, and  to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for sustainable peace. 

UN Peacekeepers from Latin America have been serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Haiti, and other countries.

During their meeting with Pope Francis, they offered him a maté which is popular in both Paraguay and the Pope’s native Argentina.

03/02/2016 14:07