The Latest: Pope Getting Very Argentine Welcome at Caacupe

Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:


9:00 a.m.

Pope Francis is receiving a very Argentine welcome at Paraguay's shrine of the Virgin of Caacupe.

Thousands of Argentines have traveled north for to be with the Argentina-born pope for his first big event in Paraguay: a Mass at the shrine that is the country's most important pilgrimage site and a place close to Francis' heart.

When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio often visited a slum that is home to many Paraguayan immigrants, joining them in their religious processions and celebrating baptisms at their church, Our Lady of Miracles of Caacupe.

Argentina's blue and white national colors were ubiquitous at Caacupe on Saturday. One featured the mantra "Estamos Haciendo Lio" (We're making a mess") emblazoned on it. It's a reference to a call Francis made during a 2013 trip to Brazil in which he urged young Argentines to shake things up in their dioceses.


8:30 a.m.

Pope Francis is taking his recycling mantra to a new level by traveling around Paraguay's capital in the same white Peugeot that St. John Paul II used when he visited in 1988.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, quipped: "It seems to still work."

Paraguayans erupted in cheers Saturday outside the Acosta Nu pediatric hospital when Francis' unusual motorcade pulled up for his first event of the day.

Francis long has insisted on traveling in compact cars rather than fancy limousines or armored popemobiles, part of his simple style and insistence that priests aren't princes but servants.

He uses a Ford Focus to get around the Vatican, and he endeared himself in South Korea when he zipped around town in a Kia.

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