(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.