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13/8/2010 - Spain - “Obama always carries a picture of Mary Help of Christians in his wallet”
(ANS – Ronda) – During her visit to Casa Don Bosco in Ronda, Michelle Obama, wife of Barack, revealed that her husband, the President of the United States, “always carries a picture of Mary Help of Christians in his wallet”. On Saturday 7 August, Mrs Obama spent four hours in Ronda, admiring the monuments and enjoying the beautiful scenery: “Ronda is absolutely incredible”, she kept saying.

From early morning the city of Ronda was invaded by police and security personnel from the American Embassy and much of the historic part of the city was closed to traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian.

Although it had been planned to make the church of Santa Maria la Mayor the first stop, in order to send the journalists towards Tajo, the presidential party went first to Casa Don Bosco, a modernist building of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, noted for its marvellous gardens, and the home of the Salesian community in the city.

During her stay in the Salesian house, Michelle told the parish priest of Santa Maria, in charge of the Salesian community, that her husband, Barack Obama always carries with him a photograph with an image of Mary Help of Christians, to whom, those present reported, the first family of the United States has great devotion.

When the security services left, Mrs Obama and her daughter Sasha made their way on foot to the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, and later visited the Palace of the Arabian King and the Mine. In the afternoon, after a break for lunch, the first lady of the United States also saw the monumental Plaza de Toros, the city bullring.

As on her arrival, the first lady smiled and waved as she took her leave of the citizens and tourists in Ronda, and went back to the summer residence of Beahavís. From there she set off on Sunday 8 August to meet the Spanish Royal Family in Mallorca.

Published 13/8/2010

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