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Pope Francis tells youth that faith cures discontent
Pope Francis speaks to the crowd from a balcony of the San Joaquin Episcopal Palace on July 26, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
July 25th, 2013
07:50 PM ET

Pope Francis tells youth that faith cures discontent

By Helena Cavendish de Moura, for CNN

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNN) - With a blasting medley of bossa nova music as a prelude, Pope Francis addressed about a million worshippers in Copacabana beach on Thursday, lacing his message to a new generation of Catholics with Brazilian street jargon.

"Bota Fe" - put on faith - was the antidote to what he called growing materialism and discontent, the pontiff said.

"What can we do? Bota Fe," he said. "If we want to have real meaning and fulfillment, as you want and you deserve ... put on faith."

The thread of the pontiff's speech resonated with Brazil's youth, many of whom are expressing disenchantment with their government.

Police are on high alert amid the potential for protests throughout the city. On Monday, protests turned violent in the neighborhood of Laranjeiras as students and other young demonstrators hurled insults at a police battalion.

Earlier Thursday, Francis walked the muddy streets of the Varginha slum where crowds rushed through the area's labyrinthine alleyways and streets to see him. The pontiff visited a resident in the neighborhood also known for its violent history of drug-related criminal activity.

'Slum pope' visits Brazil's poor

Francis also met with Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, who handed the pontiff a key to the city. According to O Globo newspaper, the pope told the mayor he would make an appeal to Santa Clara for better weather.

"We have to offer 12 eggs to Santa Clara," the pontiff told Paes.

"Santa Clara will only start to work tomorrow," Paes said in jest.

Santa Clara, or Saint Claire, called the "princess of the poor" founded the Order of San Damiano. Her names means "clear" in Spanish so eggs, or egg whites, are sometimes used to remember her and to pray for good weather.

According to Brazil's Climatempo weather agency, unusually cold temperatures and rain will persist over the next 48 hours.

The rainy forecast forced officials to move the event's closing celebration from Guaratiba, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to Copacabana.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Brazil • Catholic Church • Mass • Pope Francis

soundoff (639 Responses)
  1. A literate

    This is the reason CNN is the laughingstock of the cable news world.

    "On Monday, protests turned violent in the neighborhood of Laranjeiras as students and other young demonstrators hurled insults at a police battalion."

    Are they serious with this sensationalist crap? Was the police battalion really hurt by hurled insults? Does loud yelling and bad words really count as violence?

    "Sticks and stonrs...", CNN.

    July 26, 2013 at 2:41 am |
  2. SSampson

    Send him out on the water and if he can stay up – (without man made floaty bits) – then MAYBE I'll think there is a slight outside chance that perhaps a GOD may possibly exist...

    July 26, 2013 at 2:21 am |
    • shwebell

      He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

      July 26, 2013 at 3:00 am |
  3. Dave

    Well, "faith" is a put on. It's funny how some of the most discontented people I know, are religious.

    July 26, 2013 at 1:40 am |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      *As if* someone with a brain could just decide "Oh, I think I will just deny all the things I really believe, and *say* I believe, when I really don"t ... but the pope's god is SO dumb, he won't notice".

      July 26, 2013 at 2:17 am |
  4. mario

    there is crime all over the world..stop being paranoid! never been to brasil, but always wanted to go!

    July 26, 2013 at 1:10 am |
  5. Charlotte

    Glad to see million young people from around the world have more brain than all of these ignorant that post in here. Hurray for pope Francis!!

    July 26, 2013 at 1:07 am |
    • tallulah13

      It's actually quite funny when someone who believes in something for which there is no evidence calls those who don't share their particular delusion "ignorant".

      July 26, 2013 at 1:24 am |
      • refined mumbo jumbo

        Like atheists and their nothing god? There is no evidence that nothing formed a universe or anything else, but atheists like to spout off about how everyone should BELIEVE nothing did something. There is not even an eye witness that nothing did something. You know that... of course... that's why you're here, to find out from those that know.

        The bible has eye witness accounts saying that God formed everything. They told the truth.

        July 26, 2013 at 1:37 am |
        • tallulah13

          I honestly can't tell if you're serious or not.

          No one even knows who wrote the bible, it's filled with contradictions and errors, and it's been edited to leave out the things the church fathers didn't want included. Your "witnesses" are characters in a story. It's no different than claiming that elves exist because Frodo said he saw them.

          Meanwhile, scientific claims are scrutinized by peer review panels, and anything that does not stand up to that scrutiny is rejected, - something which cannot be said about religion.

          July 26, 2013 at 2:15 am |
        • refined mumbo jumbo

          You have no evidence of nothing doing or making anything, and that is the basis of all atheism... no evidence of nothing doing anything... and no eye witnesses either.

          The reason science does not make any claims about just prior to the big bang and/or the universe formation, is that they have no evidence of anything happening before. The largest supernatural event of all history is the big bang... it's supernatural... it's from God... and he gave us eye witness accounts to back it up.

          What did you get with your nothing god? That's right, you got nothing... not a shred of evidence, or any eye witnesses to back it up.

          All through history prophets of God were saying he told them what he did, told them about themselves, told them their past and future... just like what you expect from God. Meanwhile, you get only silence, from nothing.

          July 26, 2013 at 2:38 am |
        • snowboarder

          @mumbo jumbo, there are no eye witnesses to creation. they are simply stores invented in the imaginations of men.

          July 26, 2013 at 9:19 am |
        • tallulah13

          Oh. So you were serious.

          Anyway, ignorance is not proof of god. And you intellectual laziness is not proof of god. It appears that you believe in the supernatural because you would rather believe in a fantasy than admit that we simply don't know yet.

          There are no non-biblical accounts of the "miracles" of the bible. Your "eyewitness accounts" hold no more authority than the eyewitness accounts in the Iliad.

          July 26, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  6. Rahul

    Faith doesn't put food in a poor, hungry stomach.

    July 26, 2013 at 12:54 am |
  7. Doug

    Why doesn't the Pope tell these people the truth... There is no God, there is no fix for stupid.. There is no way in hell I can change the nasty weather... So stop asking !

    July 26, 2013 at 12:44 am |
  8. Fr33th1nk3r

    How does thinking you are having telepathic communications with an invisible man in the sky make anything better?

    July 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
  9. dan

    Catholics remind me of the Pharisees in scripture – they knew the scriptures yet completely ignored what they said and made up their own stuff which Jesus rightly rebuked them for it.

    July 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
    • Charles

      Actually, all conservative Christians remind me of the Pharisees. It's all about the literal reading of scripture with them, and nothing to do with actual compassion, like Jesus showed.

      July 26, 2013 at 12:00 am |
      • Doug

        And of course you are better than all that.. Let's hear your version of gay marriage ?

        July 26, 2013 at 12:47 am |
    • John

      The Catholic Church is the only Biblical Church. Matthew 16:18 for starters.

      July 26, 2013 at 1:44 am |
      • greg

        Everyone else scatters abroad?

        Pay someone for sins... or did Jesus pay for sins?

        Everyone is father... or God is the Father?

        Be fruitful and multiply... or not?

        Fine clothes, cars, food, travel, status... or die on a cross naked, despised and rejected, and the son of God.

        Pray to Mary the same paragraph for an hour... or talk with God?

        Ask God for help... or ask a man that died a few years ago?

        Give to others and expect nothing in return... or expect to get from others that have nothing?

        Help others to read their bible... or tell them not to read it?

        People will be saved by belief in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit... or they'll be saved if they reject God?

        Jesus was born in a known year... or he was born several years before that?

        There were no angels involved with Jesus's birth... or there were.

        Jesus was right, there is no one good but God.

        July 26, 2013 at 2:15 am |
  10. tallulah13

    I think education and the potential for future success do far more to cure discontent than believing that it will all get better after you die.

    July 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
  11. BK Moore

    A million Catholics at the beach? That's not news, that's a Sunday afternoon in Long Beach. Bad music and BBQ.

    July 25, 2013 at 11:19 pm |
    • Doug

      All they need is the Pinatas

      July 26, 2013 at 12:46 am |
  12. jo Black

    When I first read this I thought it said; millions join p oop at beach.

    Always go with your first impression.

    July 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
    • kristinakaye

      Yeah ... I'm sure you did believe that. After that comment the whole world knows how well you read!

      July 26, 2013 at 1:14 am |
  13. Mateo

    I bet so many turned out at Copacabana hoping to see a lot of bikinis and found out the Pope was there.

    July 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
    • Doug

      Right... with the balmy 48 degrees and rain, yup that"s what they were hoping for !

      July 26, 2013 at 12:49 am |
  14. kanjaji

    "Police are on high alert . . . . On Monday, protests turned violent as students and other young demonstrators hurled insults at a police battalion." WOW!! I'll bet that hurt! Did they curse too?

    July 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
  15. Thought Purification

    "According to Brazil's Climatempo weather agency, unusually cold temperatures and rain will persist over the next 48 hours."

    milagro!! or it was Pope's bad luck !!!

    July 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
  16. lionlylamb

    Tell me...Who are the reapers of all such monies being spent via a papal visit...? The mass dementias of forlorn followers of the papacies would most likely spend their last peso just to hear and gain a vision of the pope... Is there anything more disgusting than seeing the rock star pope setting the stage for self-loathing principles around depravities of poorly developed peoples onward seedy lamentations...?

    July 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      Yes. Your idiotic posts.

      July 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
  17. mike

    Nice to see a million people showing up to see the pope. Unlike the nines and tens showing up for the Trayvon (I got what was coming to me) Martin.

    July 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      I can't tell if you're trolling or if you're just an azzhole.

      July 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
      • tallulah13

        I think the answer is C) All of the above.

        July 26, 2013 at 1:25 am |
  18. moonraker

    A million dopes want to see a man wearing a dress and a funny hat.

    July 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
  19. EX catholic

    Idolatry is not religion people get with it! Idolatry is a SIN a very grave and serious SIN.

    July 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
    • Thought Purification

      you sound like catholic turned muslim !!!

      July 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
      • albert

        No, he sounds like a Catholic that is no longer blinded by lies.

        July 25, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
        • rocktone1

          No, he sounds like someone who was lead astray from the true faith into protestantism.

          July 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
        • Thought Purification

          read his post again Albert, he refuses to believe in idols, like muslims, but he still believes in SIN, like any religious person !!!

          July 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
        • dan

          sounds like someone who was convicted of sin by the holy spirit

          July 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
    • albert

      The Catholic religion is far removed from Bible teachings. It is based on Pagan traditions and Greek mythology. Those silly costumes, repeating the same prayers, praying to the rosary, purgatory, etc., none of those things are found in the Bible, and that's just to name a few things. Jesus did say that the road leading to life was narrow.

      July 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
      • CapitanJusticia

        Electricity, cars, internet, etc. Are those things found in the Bible? You're just mad because the Catholic religion is the original and one true Christian religion. Yours is just a knockoff...a fake!

        July 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
        • rocktone1

          That too. Just because something is not found in the Bible does not change it's authenticity.

          July 25, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
        • Peter

          Actually albert is right on the money. Besides electricity, cars, internet, etc has nothing to do with religion. Albert's is just saying what Catholic practice is false. So go ahead and chase the old man in the white cape he is just a man who puts his pants one leg at a time and occasionally has to take a dump. He has no power.

          July 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
        • Doug

          Right... that's it exactly ! .... Sorry fella, but anyone who buys the eye in the sky theory is a dimwit...

          July 26, 2013 at 12:52 am |
      • rocktone1

        What are you talking about? All of those things are in the bible.
        You don't pray to the rosary. You pray to God and ask for Mary's intercession using the Rosary.
        Purgatory is very biblical read 2 Macabees 12:43-46
        "Then he would have contribution made; a sum of twelve thousand silver pieces he levied, and sent it to Jerusalem, to have sacrifice made there for the guilt of their dead companions. Was not this well done and piously? Here was a man kept the resurrection ever in mind"
        Also read 1 Corinthians 3:11-13: "for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus ChristIf anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, the work of each will come to light, for the Day will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire [itself] will test the quality of each one’s work".
        Also, repeating the same prayers are completely allowed in the Bible. What is the point for arguing against this?

        The Liturgical clothing (what you call a "silly costume") is based on sacred tradition. The Bible is not now nor has it ever been the only source of religious truth. And if you say that it is, then you're a fool. Also, nothing in the Bible claims that scripture itself is the only source of religious truth. The Bible is just one source for religious truth. Reason and tradition are other sources.

        Not to mention the Catholic Church was the first Church. Peter was the first Pope.

        July 25, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          rocktone,
          So just because you can find a line in an old set of books, written by someone who knew nothing more tah you are I, you think it makes it true ? There's also stuff in thereabout killing your disobedient children. Is THAT true and acceptable ?
          Purgatory make NO sense. It requires space and TIME to "go" there" and spend "time" there, to say nothing af TRANSITIONING out of it. If you don't know what's wrong with that philosophically , you need Philosophy 101.
          You "liturgical" costumes are based on Italian early Renaissance fashion. You need a course in history and take off your rose colored glasses. Cardinals are dressed as Italian CIVIL officials. Stoles were worn in ancient Egypt, and in pagan Rome. I bet they never told you that.
          Your "scripture and tradition" changes with the wind. They cooked up "infallibility in the 19th Century. They discard or make up "traditions" to suit the moment.

          Not to mention the Catholic Church was the first Church. Peter was the first Pope.

          July 25, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          And Peter, the apostle, was NOT the "first pope". There was no such thing as a pope in those days. He was not even the first bishop of Rome. Historians have long ago debunked that nonsense. The idea of Roman authority being supreme had not even occurred to any human at that point. ANd Jesus never said "upon this rock I will build my church". There was no such thing as a "church" when he was alive. Just more proof the New Testament id fiction.

          July 25, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      Maybe you could learn one new line a month.

      July 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
    • TruthwillPrevail

      You are very confused...where will the world be without Catholics...without all the works of charity,,,,the hospitals...the missions....you...yes you that criticize the hand that feeds you ...that fed your parents....that saved the Jews.....that saved the muslims......Catholic is truly universal because its God's word.....He came humbly...and died for you and me...for all of us....no other religion has that and never will....HE IS THE ONLY ONE...follow HIM and you will be FREE

      July 26, 2013 at 1:22 am |
      • tallulah13

        You're kidding, right?

        July 26, 2013 at 1:26 am |
      • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

        Baloney. Good people do good things.
        Correlation is not causation.
        Atheists do things for NO rewards.
        You people do it for the reward.
        The largest philanthropists today, are not religious, in any way.

        July 26, 2013 at 1:46 am |
      • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

        Stop preaching at us like we're two year olds, like your church does. First you have to prove he ever existed.

        July 26, 2013 at 1:48 am |
        • Dar

          Hi Bippy,
          And we are to listen to someone like your self when you call your self a Penis. What a dick.LOL

          July 26, 2013 at 3:22 am |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Dar,
          You are obsessed with YOUR personal definition, and di'cks.
          We've already been through this. Are you suffering from dementia ?
          By the way, nice try at deflection. You did not address any point. Why is that, Dar ?
          Are you as ignorant of the topic at hand as you are of cultural linguistics ?

          July 26, 2013 at 7:35 am |
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