Peruvians welcome pope in Trujillo with traditional dance performance

    20 de enero de 2018

    Lima, Jan 20 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis arrived Saturday morning in the northern Peruvian city of Trujillo, where he was received with a performance of a traditional, courtship dance known as "La Marinera Norteña" on the second day of his pastoral visit to that Andean nation.

    The pontiff arrived by plane from Lima for his one-day visit, landing at 8.48 am at Carlos Martinez de Pinillo airport, which serves Trujillo, Peru's third largest city, and the beach community of Huanchaco.

    To give Francis a taste of the local culture, a performance was arranged of the Marinera, an elegant coastal dance in which barefoot women wearing long skirts and men dressed in panchos and wide straw hats re-enact a courtship.

    A pair of very young Marinera dancers gave the pope a bouquet of flowers and a white dove, which was released into the air.

    Francis will celebrate Mass on Huanchaco beach and will ride in the pope mobile through the streets of Buenos Aires, one of the areas of northern Peru hardest hit by the El Niño Costero weather phenomenon, which left 100 dead and 141,000 displaced in early 2017.

    The pope also will make a brief visit to the Trujillo Cathedral and then meet with priests, male and female religious and seminarians at the Sts. Carlo and Marcelo College Seminary.

    Finally, he will preside over a Marian celebration of Our Lady of La Puerta at Plaza de Armas and give a speech before heading back to Lima on Saturday evening.

    After a full day of activities in the Peruvian capital on Sunday, Francis is scheduled to depart for Rome in the evening and arrive in the Italian capital on Monday afternoon, ending a pastoral visit that began on Jan. 15 in Chile.