By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis expressed solidarity, closeness and concern to inhabitants of the Amazonian city of Manaus and for indigenous, traditional and poor people of the region.

A statement released by the Archdiocese of Manaus, the largest city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas and a gateway into the Rainforest, revealed that the Pope made a telephone call on Saturday afternoon and spoke to Archbishop Leonardo Steiner.

According to the daily Covid-19 monitoring carried out by Repam (the Ecclesiastical Pan-Amazonian Network), the Manaus region is the one hardest hit by the pandemic in the Amazon region.

Words of comfort and consolation

The statement said the Archbishop thanked the Pope for his “words of comfort and consolation”, and said he told the Pope about what

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