1.5 million Brazilians throng to see ‘pope of poor’
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 26 – A huge crowd of 1.5 million Catholics greeted Pope Francis on Brazil’s Copacabana beach on Thursday after the pontiff toured a notorious Rio slum to defend the cause of the poor. Latin America’s first pope was confronted with starkly contrasting images of life in the tropical metropolis on the fourth day of his visit to Brazil, from its ritzy seafront to its impoverished hillside favelas. Pope Francis repeated a theme of his weeklong visit, urging young Catholics to shun the trappings of materialism and put Jesus Christ at the center of their lives.
Vatican officials have made no secret of the fact that the pope’s first trip abroad since his election aims to re-energize his flock. The massive beach ceremony followed his visit to one of the city’s notoriously violent slums, where he waded into Brazil’s tense political and social debate over corruption and social injustice that erupted in massive protests last month.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CapitalFM