The Pope has given the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, whom he received this Saturday at the Vatican during 35 minutes a patinated bronze relief that frames the figure of a woman with a child in her arms that enters the column of St. Peter’s Square, large hands intertwined as a sign of brotherhood and a boat still in the water with migrants.
According to the explanation that the Vatican has attached to the gift, the phrase inscribed in the frame “Riempiamo le mani di altri mani” (“Let us fill our hands with other hands”) refers to “the constant appeal of Pope Francis to the welcome and mercy“.
Likewise, the pope has gifted with the most important writings that constitute the road map of his pontificate: the apostolic exhortation The joy, on love in the family as well as the encyclicals The gospel of joy, If Praised and the last one, All Brothers.
For his part, Sánchez has regalado to the Holy Father a facsimile of the Book of hours of Bishop Juan Rodríguez de Fonseca. This reproduction, whose original manuscript dates from the 15th century, is a richly illustrated prayer book for private use.
Sánchez has left the courtyard of San Dámaso that accesses the Apostolic Palace around the 11.00 in the morning and has gone directly to the Ciampino airport in Rome without making any statements to the media.