Pope receives the mother of Marielle Franco

Marielle's mother meeting with Pope Francis

Marielle's mother meeting with Pope Francis

Marinette Silva said it was a very beautiful and touching encounter despite her grief.

Pope Francis received, in Vatican, Marinette Silva, the mother of the Brazilian activist Marielle Franco, who was murdered in Rio on March 14. According to the family, it was not the first contact between the two. Days after the death, the pontiff would have called Marinette after receiving a letter from PSOL councilor's daughter, Luyara. According to the Italian media, the contact would have been mediated by Argentinean activist Gustavo Vera and Argentinean journalist Lucas Schaerer, of the NGO Alameda.

"It was a very beautiful and touching encounter, despite the pain I feel," Marinette said at the Lelio and Lisli Basso Foundation in Romda, where the meeting took place and where activists from the release movement of former President Lula da Silva also met.

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