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
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.
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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.
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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)...
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.
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...?
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...?
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!
Brazils poor pay $120,000,000 to see Pope. Touching.
Read much? Nope, not what it said at all.
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.
Doesn't this seem like a little too much idolizing?
medium level idolizing
come on guys and gals the zimmerman good deed has over 12,000 comments already. or isn't the poop that important?
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.
One third from the starving Brazilians themselves
I hope they tear him to shreds.
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.
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?
Pretty white dress. Do you think it's a Donna Karon ? And where is his fish lips helmet, and long poker ?
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.
Hide all the little boys, the religious people are visiting.
Must of gotten tired of Italian boys!
Have your say,but don't hesitate to refute it.----–Peace
Have your say, but don't hesitate to refute it.-----Peace
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.
He sets a few other examples we would do well to emulate
Perhaps protecting deviants is admirable in your eyes?
Or perhaps fronting the worlds largest Ponzi scheme is?
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.
Bill ....what about the residential schools and the laundries.?
OK, here we go. Cite your sources for "tens of thousands" please. Put up or shut up.
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
Overlapping data sets William.
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.
Admit it bill, you are a pedo, aren't you?
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
What's the matter Billy? Got an Altar Boy stuck in your throat?
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.
Are you really citing Al Jazeera as a reliable news source?
No response from Bill Deacon. Predictable.
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.....
What is it like Bill to totally delusional during all your waking hours?
Do you remember the article that was on, midwest? I would dearly love to read that with my own two eyes.
Not really, Doobs. This was many months ago, and there have been many articles where Bill has defended the indefensible.
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.
I'd be way more impressed (than not at all) if Pope-A-Dope rode an azz, or took a commercial flight.
Mallachy has said this will be the last Pope before the end of the church.
We could be watching history in the making.
The Malachy "prophesies" are hokum.
His name is Francis.
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.
And of course you fall for that kind of charade and mambo jumbo. Are you so thick in the head?
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.
...and how many have (falsely) predicted the end of the world in the last 100 or so years?
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?
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!)
New prince must be named Hindu name, his great-great-great-great-great-great grandma was an Indian hindu princess.
Mortimer / Morty
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?
Morgan Freeman would rock that.
But we need a Devil Voice!
He already has in Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty.
Kate the great.
Could not wait.
For her to dilate.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
I have even begun to resist!
That's because you aren't sick of yourself yet.
I wasn't born with that innate Christian ability to hate you guys seem to have.
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.
Thanks Bill. We always like your judgmental self-righteousness.
Jebus would be very proud of you.
As is your self loathing
Perhaps you might grow up someday and realize liking ones self is an admirable trait
It's his last name. It's caused him a lifetime of self hatred.
"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.
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.
Aspire away Bill, but remember if any such banquet ever occurs I suspect you would be served as it, rather than at it.
In which case I will quote my brother Job; "Yea though He slay me, yet will I praise Him."
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!
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.
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.
" 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!
He has a right to his opinion.
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...
You may be right. However, I like this Pope's humility.
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.
A 100k Popeapalooza to a country where millions live in squalor is humility?
A 100k Pope-apalooza to a country where millions live in squalor is humble?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
I wouldn't doubt that he has moments where he thinks he is displaced. It's a charming aspect of his humility.
He can afford it.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
now that doesn't make any sense guys kissing along the route Pop walks, Pope has no power to change core belief of Catholicism.
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.
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).
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
hey yeah, just think of it, people on their knees in front of men in dresses. How odd..........