Pope Francis meets with cardinals from the Americas

Vatican City, Mar 25 (EFE) - Pope Francis met Monday with Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Vatican said.

The Brazilian cardinal is prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and the Canadian is prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Both men were considered candidates for pope in the conclave that elected Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13.

The meetings were private and the Vatican did not release any details on what was discussed.

Pope Francis also met with Mexican Ambassador to the Holy See Hector Federico Ling Altamirano, who is leaving his post.

The 76-year-old pope celebrated the first Mass of the morning with Cardinal Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, the archbishop emeritus of Quito, marking the second time in the past few days that they concelebrated Mass.

The Mass was attended by members of the photographic service of the L'Osservatore Romano newspaper.

The photographic service employees attended with their director, Salesian priest Sergio Pellini, and L'Osservatore Romano director Giovanni Maria Vian.

Vatican landscapers and cleaning employees, as well as the household workers at the Santa Marta Residence, where Pope Francis is staying until the papal apartment's renovations are completed, have attended the pontiff's morning Mass recently.

A documentary on the first weeks of Francis's papacy will be broadcast on Wednesday, the Vatican said.