Vatican U.N. representative reports high interest in papal visit

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August 13, 2015

Pope Francis poses for a selfie with faithful at the Vatican Jan. 21. The Vatican's U.N. representative said everyone wants a selfie with the pope. (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti, EPA) See POPE-AUZA Aug. 13, 2015.

Pope Francis poses for a selfie with faithful at the Vatican Jan. 21. The Vatican’s U.N. representative said everyone wants a selfie with the pope. (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Requests for copies of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical and the demand for tickets to see him at the United Nations indicate enthusiasm and expectations for Pope Francis’ visit are running high, said the Vatican representative.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, head of the Holy See’s permanent observer mission at the United Nations, told Vatican Radio: “There is so much interest. Everybody wants to see the pope, even from a distance. The dream of so many is to have a selfie with the pope.”

Pope Francis is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 25.

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