Brazil President Dilma Rousseff formally welcomed the Pope to Brazil saying: "This is a chance to renew Brazil's ties of affection with Holy See." She acknowledged the challenges the world faces, referring to an increase in diversity in Brazil, suggesting to the Pope that the mission of the Holy See and Brazil is a common mission and welcomed a dialogue to discuss facing those challenges.
The Pope then addressed the President and the gathered dignatories and invited saying: "God wished my first pontifical trip to take me to my native Latin America. I am grateful for this divine benevolence."
In a beautiful sentiment he then started to speak about the principal reason for his visit: "I come and knock gently on the door. I ask permission to spend a week with you. I have neither silver nor gold but I have the most precious thing given to me....Jesus Christ.
I have come in His name to feed the flame of fraternal love in everyone's heart.
I am here to meet young people from all over the world drawn to the open arms of Christ the Redeemer; to hear his appeal 'Go and make Disciples of all nations.'"
He continued: "Christ offers [young people] peace knowing there is no force more powerful than the one released from the hearts of young people when they have been conquered by the experience of friendship with him.
Christ has confidence in young people and trusts them with the future of his mission; go and make disciples. Go beyond the confines if what is humanly possible and create a world of brothers and sisters."
He then spoke of his hopes for World Youth Day saying, "I hope that during this week each one of us [considers this]...young people are the window through which the future enters the world."
He then concluded by saying "No one in Brazil is excluded from the Pope's affection. I give you my blessing, thank you for my welcome."