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Father Helder Ruivo ed

On 5 September a group of Portuguese priests were admitted to Mater Ecclesiae. The pictures were put on social media (FB) by Father Helder Ruivo from Gafanha da Nazaré in the diocese of Aveiro, Portugal.

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Father Helder Ruivo ed

The group attended Vespers, celebrated by Benedict, in the chapel.

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Father Helder Ruivo ed

Afterwards, still in the chapel, he spent time with them and received a number of gifts.

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Father Helder Ruivo ed

Among the gifts was a golden chalice.

One of priests had brought a zucchetto to exchange with the one Benedict was wearing.

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Father Helder Ruivo ed

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Father Helder Ruivo ed

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Father Helder Ruivo ed

Benedict was also presented with a book and a scroll.

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Father Helder Ruivo ed

Benedict greeted each one of his visitors and gave them a Rosary.

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Father Helder Ruivo ed

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Father Helder Ruivo ed

He left the chapel leaning on his walking stick.

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Father Helder Ruivo ed

There are white orchids decorating the chapel.

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Father Helder Ruivo ed