Pope Francis embarks on historic trip to Brazil, where protesters await
Pope Francis boards the plane on July 22 for Brazil -- with a single carry-on bag.
July 22nd, 2013
10:47 AM ET

Pope Francis embarks on historic trip to Brazil, where protesters await

By Eric Marrapodi and Miguel Marquez, CNN
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Rio de Janeiro (CNN) – For the first time in the history of the Catholic Church, a Latin-American pope will touch down on his own continent on Monday.

Pope Francis, the 76-year-old Argentine, begins his first apostolic visit Monday in Brazil, home to the world’s largest Catholic population. The pope will be participating in World Youth Day, a weeklong celebration aimed at revitalizing young Catholics, and the church, here and around the world.

Organizers said 400,000 pilgrims from around the world had registered, though the crowds are expected to be much larger as people try to catch a glimpse of the pontiff known as the “people’s pope.” Many of the events with the pope will be open to the public and not just the pilgrims.

Francis arrives in Brazil at a touchy time. Social unrest has been brewing here in Rio and across the country for weeks. Protesters have rallied, sometimes violently, against a lack of government services and problems with public transportation and corruption.

The Rev. Marcio Queiroz, a World Youth Day spokesman in Brazil, said there are some security concerns but that the protesters also represent "a face of God."

World Youth Day organizers say the final tab for the trip could cost as much as 350 million reals ($156 million) with pilgrims picking up 70 percent of the tab. More than 20,000 jobs related to the event will be created, according to the organizers, who estimated that the festivities could add more than half a billion reals ($222 million in U.S. dollars) to Brazilian coffers.

A wide variety of protesters will try to use the pope’s visit to draw attention to their causes over the course of the week. A gay rights group is staging a kiss-in along the route where Francis is scheduled to drive through the city in an open-topped "popemobile."

The pope’s choice to use a popemobile without bulletproof glass has caused security concerns. Brazil’s Gen. Jose Abreu, who is overseeing the papal visit, said “the bulletproofing would lessen our worries.” But, he conceded, “it’s a personal choice and we’ll respect it, but it’s not remotely pleasant for security forces.”

The Brazilian government has deployed thousands of security forces to protect the pontiff.

WATCH: Brazil prepares for Pope Francis' arrival

The pope carried his own luggage as he boarded the papal plane in Rome bound for Rio De Janeiro.

Aboard the plane to Rio, the pope spoke briefly with reporters and did not take questions. "The global crisis has brought nothing good to young people. I saw the data on youth unemployed last week. We run the risk of having a generation without work," Francis said.  He told reporters he hoped to engage in dialogue on the issue during his trip.

As the sun rose over Copacabana Beach on Monday, workers furiously hammered, sawed, and painted the main stage ahead of the pope’s arrival. The massive stage is being built 100 yards away from the crashing waves. Giant screens and speakers line the beach for more than a mile from the main stage.

“We've been fund-raising for a year now and it's just amazing. God's work has brought us here, and it's such an amazing feeling,” said Sarah Butler, a Catholic pilgrim from Austin, Texas.

On Tuesday the stage will play host to the welcoming Mass for pilgrims from around the world. The pope will greet the pilgrims Thursday on the beach.

World Youth Day takes place every two years and was planned long before the pope’s election in March. Shortly after his election, Francis confirmed he would be attending the event, and then added many stops to the papal agenda that had been prepared for his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

While in Brazil, the pope will visit one of the world’s biggest shrines to the Virgin Mary, who is revered here; visit a hospital for recovering drug addicts; hear confessions from juvenile prisoners; and visit a slum known as a favela.

READ MORE: Singing priests revive Catholic Church in Brazil

Brazil is home to an estimated 123 million Catholics, but that population has dropped significantly in the last few decades. In the 1970s, census data showed the country was over 90% Catholic. In 2010 Catholics made up 65% of the population, as the numbers of evangelical Protestants and religiously unaffiliated Brazilians grew by large margins.

Datafolha, one of Brazil's leading research companies, put the percentage of Catholics in Brazil at 57% in a new survey on religious affiliation released on Sunday.

CNN's Barbara Arvanitidis and CNN contributor John Allen contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog

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

soundoff (346 Responses)
  1. 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...?

    They have their unjustifiable rewards here upon this earthen world and will never see the heavenly rewards granted to those unfortunate and forlorn and left lonely and disparaged... For as a grim reaper of monetary harvesters do all the pontiff aristocrats shamelessly shill the crowds of meek minded lost and soulless... Eat well the pope's every word and drink up all the visions of papal infidelities... Dumb is all papacies and dumber still are those who shamelessly adore and idolize any a pope's visitation(s)...

    July 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • zanzibarblue

      Most o what you write is o course wrong and you know it. As for the Pope visit being expensive, well I am sure the US President visiting would be much more expensive. The pope is a head o state of a sovereign country, several times the age of the US Empire and the pope used a cheap car to travel from the airport in Rio ( a city where the mayor and governor travel by helicopter all the time) and stayed at a modest lodging belonging to the Catholic Church, not a 5 Star Hotel. The price of the visit is mainly security which is afforded to any head of state. At least the PoPe has a message of peace, and does not have a Kill list like the NSA loving Drone King Obama the untruthful.

      July 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
      • lionlylamb

        Hello sired zanzibarbiedoll,

        Can one such as you please tell me the financial status of the RCC...? Why should such an male oligarchy of religious depraving others ever be considered holy and they are but self-loathing ambassadorial concubines of anti-Christian ethics when plainly such men of the RCC will never break the breaded filthy monetary ways when they clearly are spiritual hoodlums in clothed garnishments of devilish unrighteousness...?

        July 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
        • lionlylamb

          In rereading the above. I rewrote it for clarity

          Can one such as you please tell me the financial status of the RCC...? Why should such a male oligarchy of the unholiest religious depraving others financially insecure ever be considered holy and these RCC unholies are but self-loathing ambassadorial concubines of anti-Christian ethics when plainly such men of the RCC will never break the breaded filthy monetary ways when they clearly are spiritual hoodlums in clothed garnishments of devilish unrighteousness...?

          July 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
  2. lakishajohnson

    Is it true that the Pope is visiting quack faith healer ‘john of god’ in Brazil., who has shamelessly been promoted and made famous/infamous by Oprah and just recently claims to be honored by the Catholic Church to a knight commander in the Papal Order of St Gregory. Pretty bizarre for a guy who claims to ‘heal’ with the spirits of dead people and by sticking forceps up one’s nose!

    July 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  3. Jo Black

    Brazils poor pay $120,000,000 to see Pope. Touching.

    July 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
    • Dale

      Read much? Nope, not what it said at all.

      July 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
    • zanzibarblue

      120 million real is 55 million dollar. <You find it a lot? Brazil has earned 250 BILLION dollars in taxes in the first 6 months of the year. I find 55 million dollars well spent.

      July 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
  4. Damon

    Doesn't this seem like a little too much idolizing?

    July 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      medium level idolizing

      July 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  5. james

    come on guys and gals the zimmerman good deed has over 12,000 comments already. or isn't the poop that important?

    July 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  6. OwMySkull

    One hundred and fifty six million dollars for the visit? Just think of the meals and shelters for the unfortunate that could have purchased. That or money to be doled out to priest abuse victims.

    July 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • William Demuth

      One third from the starving Brazilians themselves

      I hope they tear him to shreds.

      July 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • Not Catholic

      I am not a Catholic and not fond of the church, but the Pope's visit generates way more $$ for the Brazilian population than it costs them. Not to mention that pilgrims add financially to the costs of the visit.

      July 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Think of the souls that will be rescued by this man from the error of the Pentecostals and others that have encouraged those poor people to stray from the loving, enfolding arms of the one true Church. Sheep must not be herded into the places of shearing and slaughter by anyone other than the beneficent shepherd, Christ's representative on earth, our holy father, the one who wears the shoes of the Fisherman... I've forgotten his name... Jorge Bergoglio isn't it?

      July 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
      • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

        Pretty white dress. Do you think it's a Donna Karon ? And where is his fish lips helmet, and long poker ?

        July 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  7. Josh

    The pope wants the youth to work, yet he pushes the very Socialist principles that keep them from working. Which is it? He should make up his mind.

    July 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  8. sly

    Hide all the little boys, the religious people are visiting.

    July 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • Dude

      Must of gotten tired of Italian boys!

      July 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
  9. Michael

    Have your say,but don't hesitate to refute it.----–Peace

    July 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  10. Michael

    Have your say, but don't hesitate to refute it.-----Peace

    July 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  11. ORChuck

    It's nice to see the Pope setting a good example.... by taking a single carry-on bag that will clearly fit underneath the seat in front of him. We should all follow this saintly example.

    July 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      He sets a few other examples we would do well to emulate

      July 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
      • William Demuth


        Perhaps protecting deviants is admirable in your eyes?

        July 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
      • William Demuth

        Or perhaps fronting the worlds largest Ponzi scheme is?

        July 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
      • Bill Deacon

        I was thinking more along the lines of partaking of the sacraments. But you hold on to you delusions of nefarious conspiracy and complicity. I know you enjoy them.

        July 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
        • evolvedDNA

          Bill ....what about the residential schools and the laundries.?

          July 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
      • Bill Deacon

        OK, here we go. Cite your sources for "tens of thousands" please. Put up or shut up.

        July 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
        • William Demuth

          Bishop accountability ( A Non Profit estimates the following

          25,383 – using the current USCCB rate of victims per priest (2.6) and the New Hampshire level of accused priests (8.9%)

          46,125 – using the Boston archdiocesan count of victims and the Boston share of U.S. Catholics

          100,000 – using Rev. Andrew Greeley's 1993 partial estimate of 2,500 accused priests and 50 victims per priest

          280,000 – using the USCCB's current count of accused priests (5,600) and Greeley's estimate of 50 victims per priest

          July 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
        • Bill Deacon

          Overlapping data sets William.

          July 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
        • William Demuth

          Hell, even Al Jazeera says 10 thousand, not to mention several formal studies that say as many as 232 children per 100k were abused EVERY year during the 1990's.

          July 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
        • William Demuth

          Admit it bill, you are a pedo, aren't you?

          July 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
        • William Demuth

          As of May 9, 2013, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has counted 6,275 clerics "not implausibly" and "credibly" accused in 1950-2012 of abusing minors. The USCCB total omits allegations made in 2003.

          As of May 9, 2013, the USCCB has counted 16,795 individuals who have alleged that they were abused as minors by priests. The USCCB total omits persons who made allegations in 2003.

          Of course this DOES NOT include the Third World, Asia, Australia, and Most of South America

          July 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
        • William Demuth

          What's the matter Billy? Got an Altar Boy stuck in your throat?

          July 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
        • William Demuth

          Deacon, Just another Christian deviant trying to justify, rationalize or ignore predatory preachers harming little boys

          It's a shame there is no hell, because you deserve to burn in it.

          July 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
        • Lycidas

          Are you really citing Al Jazeera as a reliable news source?

          July 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
        • Athy

          No response from Bill Deacon. Predictable.

          July 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
        • DBM

          Anybody using Rev. Andrew Greeley as an estimate for abuse victims is an idiot. There is absolutely no proof of 50 victims per priest. In most cases there was one and it was very few where multiple victims came to play. Seriously... Andrew Greeley. Someone is desperate for stats.....

          July 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
        • nothern Light

          What is it like Bill to totally delusional during all your waking hours?

          July 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
      • Doobs

        Do you remember the article that was on, midwest? I would dearly love to read that with my own two eyes.

        July 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
      • midwest rail

        Not really, Doobs. This was many months ago, and there have been many articles where Bill has defended the indefensible.

        July 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
      • Doobs

        True that.

        July 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • Doobs

      So carrying your own bag and making sure it fits where it belongs are now saintly qualities? Wow, the RCC's canonization standards have slipped more than I thought.

      I'd imagine he brought more than that with him, but I doubt you'll see pictures of him rolling steamer trunks onto the tarmac.

      July 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        I'd be way more impressed (than not at all) if Pope-A-Dope rode an azz, or took a commercial flight.

        July 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
  12. Hammerdown

    Mallachy has said this will be the last Pope before the end of the church.
    We could be watching history in the making.

    July 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • midwest rail

      The Malachy "prophesies" are hokum.

      July 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Akira

      His name is Francis.

      July 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
      • Akira

        Sorry, I posted incompletely.
        His name is Francis. In order for the "prophecy" to be fulfilled, the last Pope after Benedict will be named Peter, presumably he will also be from Rome, as the prophecy states the last Pope will be Pope Peter the Roman.

        If one believes in that kind of thing, that is.

        July 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
        • Salero21

          And of course you fall for that kind of charade and mambo jumbo. Are you so thick in the head?

          July 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
    • toddrf

      Seeing as the last time Malachy's supposed prophesies was correct was in 1590, I don't think Pope Francis or the church have much to worry about.

      July 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • SouthernCelt

      ...and how many have (falsely) predicted the end of the world in the last 100 or so years?

      July 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      An Irish Monk from the 12 century writes down a few cryptic words about the next 10 popes that can be used to describe ANYONE given the correct context and you think that this is somehow relevant? Seriously?

      July 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
  13. William Demuth

    Ok, We need the Top Ten LEAST likely names for the New King

    10 – Buckwheat
    9 – Lucifer
    8 – Diana (There goes my five bucks)
    7 – Barack
    6 – Louis (No frog names!)

    July 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Thought Purification

      New prince must be named Hindu name, his great-great-great-great-great-great grandma was an Indian hindu princess.

      July 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      Mortimer / Morty

      July 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
  14. William Demuth

    Kate had a boy.

    Might he be the new Christ?

    Or the Anti Christ?

    British accents aren't scary enough, like could you imagine Dudley Moore as God?

    July 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      Morgan Freeman would rock that.

      July 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
      • William Demuth

        Excellent Choice!

        But we need a Devil Voice!

        Rob Zombie?

        July 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
      • toddrf

        He already has in Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty.

        July 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      Kate the great.
      Could not wait.
      For her to dilate.

      July 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
  15. Thought Purification

    Pope is going to ride in open back Jeep in Rio, I am sure his decision is making many Catholics happy, hoping someone would get him. Pope has made more enemies within his own organization than outside.

    July 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • William Demuth

      They do seem to be killed by their own quite a bit, don't they? 🙂

      Perhaps SATAN himself has emissaries in the Central Core of the infection that is the RCC?

      July 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
      • danwayfilms

        Not that I fully agree with everything the church does nor condone the actions of those priests, but seriously do you have anything better to do than to spew hate on a comment board?

        July 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
  16. William Demuth

    I suppose the Pontiff's next vigil will be to all the Special Ed schools?

    Harder and harder to get even the most backwards to drink the Kool Aid.

    July 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

      July 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
      • William Demuth


        I have even begun to resist!

        July 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
        • Bill Deacon

          That's because you aren't sick of yourself yet.

          July 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
        • William Demuth

          I wasn't born with that innate Christian ability to hate you guys seem to have.

          July 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
        • Bill Deacon

          Oh, we know, love of self is evident in you and those like you. It's why people who think they "pass" as Christians even though they are unbelievers are self deluded.

          July 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Thanks Bill. We always like your judgmental self-righteousness.
          Jebus would be very proud of you.

          July 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
      • William Demuth

        As is your self loathing

        Perhaps you might grow up someday and realize liking ones self is an admirable trait

        July 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
        • Gorsh

          It's his last name. It's caused him a lifetime of self hatred.

          July 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
      • nothern Light

        "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

        Repent for what and to whom.....to an imaginary deity for imaginary crimes....the whole god thing exists only between your ears Billy.......put the book down .....and think rationally.....can people walk on water ??...no...end of story....now go out and sin a little.

        July 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
        • Bill Deacon

          I know of no people who have ever walked on water NL. Going out and sinning is kind of a daily experience. That's what William is lamenting, that I detest my sin, while he revels in his. It appears you also are a reveler. As such, you have your reward and as atheist you must accept that what you eat hear is all you'll ever be fed. As for me, I aspire to the celestial banquet.

          July 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
        • William Demuth

          Aspire away Bill, but remember if any such banquet ever occurs I suspect you would be served as it, rather than at it.

          July 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
        • Bill Deacon

          In which case I will quote my brother Job; "Yea though He slay me, yet will I praise Him."

          July 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
        • cocoloco

          Walking on water is called a "Miracle": something you or I have never seen as the Bible shows. So, you have never seen "love", have you, but you could feel its effect? Just because you can not "rationalize it" it does not mean it never happened! Look at evolution! Nobody has seen it, yet, millions of gullible people believe it! Have a blessed day!

          July 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
        • Athy

          Evolution has been observed many times. Especially in microbes, fruit flies, etc that have very short generation cycles. You need to read something besides the bible, Coco.

          July 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
        • Doobs

          @ loco

          Actually, when people fall in love there are measurable physiological changes that take place. So, yes, you can see love.

          You can also see evolution in action. You know how a new flu vaccine comes out every year? That's because pathogens are constantly changing and a new vaccine has to be made to include these new strains. Evolution takes place all the time, all around you.

          If you were more ambitious or curious, you could easily find these things out yourself. Or, you can continue in your ignorance. That path is certainly easier.

          July 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
        • ME II

          " Just because you can not "rationalize it" "

          Love is an emotion, a mix of hormones, chemicals, and electrical signals in the brain and body. That makes it no less amazing and wonderful.

          "Look at evolution! Nobody has seen it, yet, millions of gullible people believe it! "

          No need to believe, there's evidence.

          Have wonderfully natural day!

          July 22, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
  17. There

    He has a right to his opinion.

    July 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  18. Just the Facts Ma'am...

    I do appreciate the fact that this is the first Pope I can remember that carries his own bag. Maybe it has all his clothes from before he became Pope in it because he thinks any minute now they will tell him to go home as he just isn't living up to the pomp and gilded finery of his predecessors.

    This is a picture of the Pope and his Go Bag...

    July 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • Akira

      You may be right. However, I like this Pope's humility.

      July 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
      • jazzguitarman

        This I also like this Pope’s humility. But I wonder how he will deal with the large movement that rejects the RCC teachings on se xual issues. So I assume he will just avoid these topics.

        July 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
        • William Demuth

          A 100k Popeapalooza to a country where millions live in squalor is humility?

          July 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
        • William Demuth

          A 100k Pope-apalooza to a country where millions live in squalor is humble?

          July 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
        • Akira

          Rome wasn't built in a day, William. And the pilgrim's financed this, so I am unsure of what your point is...they are free to do with their money as you are to do with yours.

          Yes, the Pope is humble, compared to some in the past.

          July 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
        • Lycidas

          While there is nothing wrong in questioning the amount being spent on a trip like this. Keep in mind how this will probably affect the local economy too. Done correctly, it could add quite a bit of extra work and therefor money to the people.

          July 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
        • William Demuth

          One third is paid by the tax payers of Brazil which is unjust at best and criminal at worst

          Brazil need far more practical expenditures, ESPECIALLY in the context of the World Cup!

          July 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
        • Lycidas

          I see (huffington post) where Brazil is putting up 40 million Pounds for the trip but little else. Huffington also reported at one place where the total cost would be around $150 million.

          July 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
      • nothern Light

        Wrong Akira.....the RCC did not fnd this event.

        The faithful did not fund this.
        Not enough youth signed up so the local government had to pitch in to keep the ball rolling...to the tune of about
        40 million or so.....Hand outs for RCC believers while the locals children suffer in abject poverty...Don't it make you eel all warm and fuzzy to be religious?

        July 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
        • Akira

          Northern, I didn't say the RCC funded it. I said pilgrims, and according to the article above, they funded 70% of it.

          Understand, I don't have a horse in this race. I am not religious; your witticisms and snark towards me is pretty much wasted keystrokes.

          I think he's humble, and that's my opinion. I like him.

          July 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
        • nothern Light

          My point was that should fund it all.
          If the RCC wishes to host a religious event then they should fund it it's entirety and look to the sate for nothing.
          The host state funded 30% which is 30% that the poor need more than the RCC.
          And keystrokes are never wasted when criticising the largest paedophile ring on earth.

          July 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I wouldn't doubt that he has moments where he thinks he is displaced. It's a charming aspect of his humility.

      July 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
      • tony

        He can afford it.

        July 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Just the Facts Ma'am...

      I guess my question would be, why would he feel displaced if that position has been traditionally one of humility? And the answer is that it has not traditionally been a position of humility but one of gilded pomposity and haughty posturing.

      July 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
      • Akira

        I tend to agree, which is why I like this guy so much.
        He may not be able to change the core beliefs of the RCC, but he seems to be trying to change how the message is delivered.

        July 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
        • jazzguitarman

          Akira; while I agree with your take on the pope one could say the current Pope is being phony. I mean the prior pope was very direct. I remember one speech where he said something to the effect of ‘if you don’t wish to follow the RCC teachings, get out’.

          So I wonder how this pope will address actual pointed questions. E.g. can two married gay men take communion?

          July 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
        • Akira

          I suppose one can say anything they want about Popes; they frequently do.
          I would venture a guess that if asked directly, he will give a direct answer.

          I don't think that the RCC is going to change its core beliefs.

          July 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
      • Bill Deacon

        To me, one of the great things about Catholicism is we have more of everything. More saints, more sinners, more history, more tragedy, more triumph. While I;m sure you can point to a number of pompous popes, I'm equally sure I can show you examples of true humility and service.

        July 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
        • nothern Light


          You forgot....or maybe you did not.... to add pedophiles....to your list of more of everything.
          You also left out obscene wealth, inherited power....and the most number of person murdered because of their opposition to the RCC during the inquisition.

          July 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
        • Doobs

          More money, more gold, more jewels, more lavish spending on buildings and cathedrals, more ritualistic cannibalism, more torture, more genocide in god's name, more child molesters, more corruption...

          July 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
      • Bill Deacon

        To me, one of the great things about Catholicism is we have more of everything. More saints, more sinners, more history, more tragedy, more triumph. While I'm sure you can point to a number of pompous popes, I'm equally sure I can show you examples of true humility and service.

        July 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  19. Thought Purification

    now that doesn't make any sense guys kissing along the route Pop walks, Pope has no power to change core belief of Catholicism.

    July 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Padric2

      Well said. If they mean the demonstration to often his sensibilities I think that they're wasting their time. They're really doing it to call attention. Frankly, yes, we're all aware of gay people, but on the global social scale they'll find that this is like wetting your pants while wearing a dark suit. You get a nice warm feeling but no one really notices. have fun with it.

      July 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
      • jazzguitarman

        Protest against RCC policies have had major impacts to Latin American societies. E.g. Mexico City making abortion legal. The RCC ability to control politicians is weakened by these protest and this is leading to change. (a welcome change IMO).

        July 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
  20. tony

    Being on the receiving end of worship seems to be a strange situation.

    Being paid an original compliment on your clear superiority (given, not earned though), would seem to be respectful once. But to repeat it weekly , or even daily?

    That would come across as brown nosing in the worst possible way

    July 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • rosie

      hey yeah, just think of it, people on their knees in front of men in dresses. How odd..........

      July 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
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