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July 23rd, 2013
12:47 PM ET

A nightmare day for the pope's security detail

By Eric Marrapodi and Miguel Marquez, CNN
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Copacabana Beach, Brazil (CNN) - Don't blame the pope's Swiss Guards if they had nightmares Monday night. There was plenty to disturb their sleep: a mobbed motorcade, a bomb scare and protesters clashing with police.

When Pope Francis arrived here Monday for World Youth Day, a weeklong Catholic event held every few years, the massive security effort was temporarily undermined by a traffic jam.

As the papal motorcade was driving from the airport to the presidential palace, federal officials steered the motorcade into the busiest of several potential routes. As the motorcade slowed, papal admirers swarmed the silver Fiat hatchback carrying Pope Francis, reaching into his open window to touch the pontiff.

A Vatican spokesman said the pope wasn't afraid - but his secretary was.

“The Pope’s secretary told me that when the car was stopped, he was scared at times, but the pope was very happy and waving,” said the Rev. Federico Lombardi.

Brazilian officials blamed the mob scene on miscommunication between the city of Rio de Janiero and federal police. Lombardi simply said the motorcade had taken a wrong turn.

Still, the pope’s security team was confident enough during the stoppage that Domenico Giani, the Vatican's chief of papal security, opened the pope’s door and handed him a child to bless.

Once Francis transitioned into the open-topped Popemobile, he moved easily through the tens of thousands who filled the streets of Rio to catch a glimpse of the new pontiff - the first pope to hail from Latin America.

The pope’s regular contingent of Vatican security, including the Vatican police and the Swiss Guard, moved with the pope in the streets, occasionally bringing infants over the barricades to meet the pontiff.

There was a different scene shortly after Francis met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the Guanabara Palace. Protesters - who had promised to be out in force during the papal visit - clashed with police in riot gear.

Police said the protesters hurled rocks at them and they responded with water cannons and tear gas. Six arrests were made and two photographers were injured.

The Brazilian police also said in a statement that on Sunday they had discovered a small homemade explosive device at a shrine to the Virgin Mary in the city of Aparecida the pope is scheduled to visit later this week. The small plastic, duct-taped device was destroyed.

READ MORE: Explosive found near site pope plans to visit

State of Rio de Janieo security officials met on Tuesday to find out what went wrong and how to fix it.

The Brazilian Ministry of Defense said they have deployed more than 20,000 military and police forces to deal with security for the weeklong event.

For the final Mass, in a large field west of Rio, the defense ministry said 400 soldiers will be stationed at the altar and 94 observation towers in the crowds, which officials say could top a million people.

"Logistically, (it is) the most complex event that the city ever faced," Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said. "We know that the pope likes to bend ceremonial rules, but that is more than welcome in Rio."

READ MORE: Pope Francis embarks on historic trip to Brazil

On Tuesday, bomb-sniffing dogs and police swept the main stage at Copacabana checking the altar and the VIP seating area. Three small Brazilian navy ships were sweeping along the shore, staggered out for several miles, maneuvering up and down the coast.

The pope was scheduled to rest on Tuesday. The formal program for World Youth Day begins Tuesday evening.

CNN's Hada Messia contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Brazil • Catholic Church • Pope Francis

soundoff (473 Responses)
  1. rad666

    If something happens to him, then it was God's will.

    July 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
  2. The Best

    My face actually hurts from laghing so much reading these comments.
    Very funny creative people in these comments. BRAVO!

    July 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      Yes, some very funny comments here today. The best ones were by that weasel John Smith.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  3. Awda Abu Tayi

    Could've been a lot worse – He could have made a wrong turn in L.A, and ended up in Watts! The popemobile would have been stripped before you can say "Ave Maria!"

    July 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • donna1963

      or worse yet run into Al Sharpton and his gang yelling "I am Trayvon"

      July 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  4. King of Eldorado

    " Pope Francis arrived here Monday for World Youth Day, a weeklong Catholic event ..."

    That makes as much sense as anything else the church has to say.

    July 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      If you believe the genesis fable, you wouldn't have problem with the above.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
      • Jeff C.

        Catholics don't believe the earth was create a several thousand of years ago. Most theologians recognize the Genesis creation story was written by Hebrews in response to the Babylonian creation myth, Enuma Elis. The Babylonians conquered the Hebrews and the Hebrews rejected Babylonian ideals/influence by rewriting the Babylonians story to fit their own ideals.

        July 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
        • Joe

          Without a literal Genesis there is no original sin, and therefore the entire foundation of the Christianity fall apart. If there was no original sin, then man would be capable of living their lives and either sinning or not sinning and wouldn't need the sacrifice of Jesus. With original sin everyone is born a sinner and thus Jesus is needed. So I guess my question is if you don't take Genesis literally why would you still be a Christian?

          July 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  5. br.j.sphilla

    if what the pope is teaching is true then a person in his position would have all the protection and security needed provided by God. am I right!

    July 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • Stiven

      the pope said he dont care for gold or silver........ wears a bling necklace .....

      July 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
      • buzkashiboy

        Actually, that is the same iron crucifix that Francis has worn for 2 decades. I don't care for organized religion, but I do give this guy credit for eschewing the usual papal vestments.

        July 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  6. Jaycee

    Why must people be so hateful. If you don't believe in God that is certainly your choice. But why must you be nasty and hateful and rude to those that do. Don't they have the right also.

    July 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Ethan

      Why do people who do belive in god have to be so rude and nasty to those who don't. And don't try and tell me it's not vice-versa

      July 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • JimK57

      Hi jaycee. This is the internet, the rules of proper conduct do not apply here. Use them if you will but do not expect others to.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
      • br.j.sphilla

        I like that...good point.

        July 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • hankyknot

      To be fair I think it was Catholicism that started it with the whole "if you don't agree you are condemned to eternity in hell" type statements so you can hardly blame non believers for getting their own back.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      If you take a closer look, you will find nastiness coming from both christians and atheists. I normally do not get that way, but some of the people on here are regulars, and many have histories with each other, so some of the nastiness is mutual, some is a familiarity, and some is in response to wild claims. Most of the wild claims are those from the christian side proclaiming their belief as truth, which it is not.

      Disagreement does not equal hate either, people throw that word around too much. For example, at least once a day, I get someone telling me I hate god, when in fact I do not believe one exists, so I cannot hate that which does not exist.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
      • Awda Abu Tayi

        Richard, Thanks for comment about the "ground rules" and familiarity with other bloggers. And isn't it nice tofinally be able to avow one's atheism without fear of the Spanish Inquisition? It's still a little rough, and I don't bring it up at all here (SC), but a lot better than it used to be .

        July 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
      • Richard Cranium

        I know what you mean. Having been an outspoken atheist sinice the late 60's, I have dealt with an amazing amount of discrimination, and even hatred aimed at me. I even have people regularly ( especially here) try to tell me I am an agent of Satan since I am not an agent of Jesus. Don't these people who do that know they are violating one of their gods top 10 no-no's by bearing false witness on me?
        Now if we can just return some things to the eway they were BEFORE the Christians changed them, like the lie that is the national motto on our money, and the god reference in the pledge of allegience that the christians put in there in the 50's, taking the pledge away from we the people and giving it to "we the people who believe in gods"

        July 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
      • My Dog is a jealous Dog

        I completely agree with you, and I think that you show more tact and maturity than most (myself included), but I think that the difference is that when the believers show their "hate" it is generally directed at huge portions of the population, and the non-believer "hate" is generally directed at individuals and is more personal. That is not to say that believers on this blog are not making personal attacks, but their hates seems to be more wide-spread.

        BTW – I love your handle, and am really surprised that some of the more colorful participants here have never referred to you as Dick Head. (Sorry if I gave them any ideas)

        July 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
  7. The truth

    Hmm... Sees himself as the one true ruler Will kill/discredit/cast out anyone who disagrees with him. Strictly punishes those who disobeys him. Condems anything/anyone who does not conform to his ideals. Wants to be the ruler of the world. I got it! Hitler!

    Oh no the right answer was God? My bad... They sounded so similar...

    July 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • JimK57

      God does not kill anyone, man does all of the killing.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        Stalin does not send anyone to the Gulag.
        It is those who have hardened their hearts against him who send themselves to the Gulag through their bourgoise atti/tudes and counter-revolutionary actions.
        This was not Stalin's plan at all. He truly wants everyone to go to the Worker's Paradise and it grieves him that so many harden their hearts against him.
        But he will not force anyone into the Worker's Paradise against their wishes. He respects their free will.
        If you don't want to go to the Gulag, just open your heart to the love of Stalin.

        July 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
        • JimK57

          You are correct stalin was a man.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
        • Dark Itch

          If heyzeus actually existed, he was only a man. According to the torah, he wasn't even the chosen one. Just look at the prophecies. They don't match up AT ALL.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
        • JimK57

          You are correct. Jesus was an enlightened man.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
        • sam

          Jim missed the point so hard it caused a disturbance in the space/time continuum.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
      • CommonSensed

        So god sits back and does nothing except collect souls. Why the middle part?

        July 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
        • JimK57

          What is the meaning of life? I do not know.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
      • Dark Itch

        Hey there Jim.

        Have you, ya know, ever actually read your bible? If memory serves me correctly, and it does, I seem to recall your bipolar deity killing everyone on Earth except for one family and a few animals. Remember that little bit? REMEMBER? Nah, of course you don't. You and your ilk are selective in your memories and accusations.

        July 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
        • JimK57

          I do not follow the bible.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
      • Reality

        Why would your god allow the following:

        Number of god's creations who died horrible deaths from the following diseases:

        1. 300,000,000 approx.
        Smallpox

        2. 200,000,000 ?
        Measles

        3. 100,000,000 approx.
        Black Death

        4. 80,000,000–250,000,000
        Malaria

        5. 50,000,000–100,000,000
        Spanish Flu

        6. 40,000,000–100,000,000
        Plague of Justinian

        7. 40,000,000–100,000,000
        Tuberculosis

        8. 30,000,000[13]
        AIDS pandemic

        9. 12,000,000 ?
        Third Pandemic of Bubonic Plague

        10. 5,000,000
        Antonine Plague

        11. 4,000,000
        Asian Flu

        12. 250,000 or more annually Seasonal influenza

        July 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
        • JimK57

          I would blame nature.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
        • Alias

          This is still an invalid arguement.
          Please stop whining about pain and suffering here. If there is a heaven & hell, then this does not really matter.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
        • Oldnewbie

          God did not allow death into this world, we did. We disobeyed God's one rule in the garden (as a collective species) and allowed the knowledge as well as the affects of Good and Evil into the world. This is, according to the bible, our doing. God now is there to help and comfort but He cannot prevent the disasters we willingly allowed into what would have been a perfect world. In His own time He'll hit a "reset button" of sorts, creating a new earth and a new heaven. Now, if you don't believe then what I have written is BS to you. if you do and have doubts, read the bible... and I mean take your time and read it from Genesis to Revelation. You will see how things occurred, evolved, and why our world is the way it is.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
        • JimK57

          Alias,
          I agree with everything you say except the hell part. I do not believe in hell.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Bullsh!t. Some character in a mythical story misbehaved so the story could have some moral point. Unless of course you can conclusively prove TheBabble is anything more than a steaming pile of bad fiction.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
        • Alias

          I did not say i believed it.
          I said that suffering on the planet does not prove god doesn't exist.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
        • Bill Deacon

          Thank you Alias. Note to atheists; strike non sequitur pain arguments from logical discussions in the future.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
        • Reality

          The Apostles'/Agnostics’ Creed 2013: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

          Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
          and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
          human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

          I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
          preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
          named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
          girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

          Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
          the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

          He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
          a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
          Jerusalem.

          Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
          many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
          and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
          Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
          grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
          and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
          called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

          Amen
          (references used are available upon request)

          July 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
      • Drekor

        @JIMK57

        The bible disagrees.

        July 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  8. deeceeuci

    What does it matter, if anything happens to him its god's will right?

    July 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Ethan

      Correct. If he gets assassinated or anything, it was all in god's will.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
      • Joe

        Why does god need a will?

        July 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • Alias

      Nope.
      God gave man free will.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
      • Thinker...

        That is debateable. Some say the Abrahamic god gave man free will. Some say the Abrahamic god is all-knowing. These two are mutually exclusive. A being cannot know everything in a universe with free will. The act of knowing limits the available outcomes to 1. Thus there is no choice, and thus no free will.

        So is the Abrahamic god all knowing or did it give man free will? If we don't have free will, then anything that happens anywhere was caused by the abrahamic god. If we have free will, then people should stop talking about 'god's plan' since free will means all outcomes are the result of nature and our own choices.

        July 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  9. Dark Itch

    Jesus freeloading christ. This is the 3rd article in a row about this oild guy in drag. The next article I want to see is one where he's in prison for allowing, sanctioning and covering up (and probably participating nightly in) continued attacks on children. Thanks in advance.

    July 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • Ken Uck

      Let us know when you have an original thought.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
      • Dark Itch

        Just like yours?

        Have another golf clap.

        July 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • Sirius

      Now, see, here we have a problem. Itch seems to think that ALL priests are pedophiles. Of course it's not true, but we can take it one illogical step further: all priests are pedophiles, all priests are men, therefore all men are pedophiles, (Dark Itch probably being a man, so he's probably participating in pedophilia nightly, too.)
      Now, I know that's a logic fallacy; I'm aware of that. But it is no more a fallacy than Dark Itch's position.
      Yep, Francis should make a statement on the pedophile priest problem. And I'm sure he will. That it hasn't fit into DI's neatly-drawn little timeline seems to be the problem here.

      Pope Francis, get on that, would you? We wouldn't want Dark Itch's BP to keep rising, and we sure don't want his head to explode.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
      • donna1963

        Maybe George Zimmerman was an altar boy.

        July 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  10. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    @knowgod – your pissant god is not my or everyone else's god. Keep your useless empty threats...

    July 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  11. Derp a Derp

    Bless Brazil and that most sacred gift which they bestowed upon the world....The Brazilian Wax!

    July 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      amen brother

      July 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Some people are partial to their nuts.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        I'm most partial to my nuts, but Brazilian nuts are ok.

        July 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Conveniently leave out why the protesters are protesting? Hint, it has to do with economic conditions due to Brazilian authorities sticking the people with the bill for building stadiums for the World Cup in 2014, nothing to do with the Pope or Catholicism like this article hints.

    July 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Well, the $50,000,000 or so in taxpayer dollars going to the Pope's visit probably doesn't help the situation much.
      Plus, protesters will leverage the media attention that comes with a Papal visit.
      When World Youth Day Happened in Toronto, the waste management union went on strike a couple of weeks before knowing that that city would have no choice but to cave in to their demands before the world media came to visit.
      It was during a brutal heat wave too, so the whole city reeked of festering refuse.

      July 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        The reek wasn't just from the garbage. Well ok, religion is garbage too.

        July 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  13. pmmarion

    I have thought it before and now I'll say it. Pope Francis will be very lucky not to be assassinated. One for being so controversial and second for not following the advice of his security people. And since I don't believe in the power of prayer it would be useless for me to pray that he remain safe.

    July 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • John Smith

      Like the people who love the lottery say, "If you don't play, you can't win." The difference is, praying costs you nothing.

      You might want to consider a fact that people conveniently ignore, about prayer. And this is widely held to be true, in many history books I've read: There are no atheists in foxholes in war. Consider why that would be true. It is possible you just aren't facing enough serious problems to think you need prayer?

      July 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
      • myweightinwords

        But there are atheists in foxholes, so those history books are wrong.

        July 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
        • John Smith

          "There are no atheists in foxholes" is so widely said by soldiers who have been in battle, it's not even worth denying, myweightinwords. Read a couple books on the subject, one in particular, which I think you would enjoy for many reasons is "Act of War". People go through some pretty amazing experiences, and they don't show up much in movies or on TV.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
        • myweightinwords

          How about first hand testimony. Of Atheists. Who have been in foxholes?

          I know a few. I also know a few Agnostics. They went to war as Atheist or Agnostic and came home the same.

          Not everyone turns to a god they don't believe in when they think they're going to die.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
        • Joe

          Having been an atheist in a fox hole, I can assure you that there are indeed atheists in foxholes.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
        • myweightinwords

          Thank you for your service, Joe.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
        • John Smith

          *"ActS of War" (Richard Holmes) It's available on a popular online site for the price of shipping. Whether you are pro-war or anti-war, there's plenty of juicy stuff in there.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
        • myweightinwords

          It's either or?

          Do you honestly know anyone who is "pro-war"? I'd buy "Pro the proceeds of war"...but "Pro killing hundreds of people over petty disputes?" Not so much.

          And we weren't discussing war. We were discussing whether or not there are, in fact, atheists in foxholes.

          One might also want to consider how many atheists in foxholes who "find god" there then revert to atheism once out of danger. Did they really abandon their belief or were they scared?

          July 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
        • Dark Itch

          First hand here. I was one. No prayers from me. Still came home in one piece. End of discussion.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
        • myweightinwords

          Thank you for your service, Itch.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
        • John Smith

          I answered to an earlier comment, but just to keep this where it's easily read: The point is that very many people believe they are atheists, until they are in real danger of dying. Or a loved one is. Then suddenly, they find themselves praying.

          That some people can come out of that situation, and still call themselves atheists? LOLOL. To paraphrase Jesus, "There are none so blind as those who choose deliberately not to see."

          July 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
        • myweightinwords

          My question to you is, how can you judge whether or not someone is actually an atheist or only believes they are an atheist?

          And to go a step further, why would you?
          Or further yet, isn't all just a belief anyway? What we believe changes with us. For example, once I believed in Jesus as my Savior...but somewhere along the line I didn't believe in the need for a savior, so that belief changed.

          So if someone believes that that are no gods, but has a crisis of faith in which they reach out for a god...does that mean they suddenly believe? Or does it mean that they're afraid?

          Is fear the same as faith? I don't think it is. And faith based on fear is doomed to failure.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
        • John Smith

          I'll let this topic ride after this comment, but those who come out of foxholes, having prayed, then decide they are atheists?

          It reminds me of my buddy, after we all went to see a horror movie. "I wasn't scared!" he bragged. "Then what's that sweat pouring down from your armpits?" I asked.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
        • myweightinwords

          So Atheists can not fear in times of danger?

          So a Christian who yells "God Damn it!" isn't really a Christian?

          And let's look at prayer. Just because a person prays, does that mean that they believe in god necessarily? Or maybe they're only appealing to their own higher nature? To the universe? To their fellow soldiers?

          The point is, you aren't inside them. You can not know what they believe or why. Why judge them when you can never be them?

          July 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          "There are none so blind as those who choose deliberately not to see." perfectly describes delusional believers who cling to 2,000+ year old myths for which there is not a bit of verifiable, objective, factual or independent evidence.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
        • Dark Itch

          John, as someone who has never been deployed, you really have no room to talk. Those of us that have, can say first hand what we've seen and experienced. Just because some of us have been near death does not mean we suddenly turn into cowaring believers. Is there fear? Absolutely. Not many people WANT to die. Keep your opinions closer to subjects you actually understand.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
        • Dar

          Dark Itch

          First hand here. I was one. No prayers from me. Still came home in one piece. End of discussion

          Your body might have been in tact, but your mind, Hummmm???
          Thank you for your service

          July 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
        • John Jones

          " There are no atheists in foxholes in war. Consider why that would be true."

          Except it's not. As has been illustrated.

          "It doesn’t make a very catchy statement to say “94.27% percent of servicemen who have been under fire and immediate danger of death for longer than six weeks report that they have prayed to God.”

          Which is why you should refrain from lying when making a point bashing atheists. Now you know.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
      • scrot

        So religion is hedging is just a matter of hedging your bet. Say, can anyone on this sight tell me who Jesus' father really was?

        July 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Well, it wasn't some god and apparently it wasn't Joseph so I speculate Mary did a wandering goat-herder for a bit of silver.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
      • John Smith

        Before people go further picking that statement apart ... sigh ... note the tenor of what's being said. It doesn't make a very catchy statement to say "94.27% percent of servicemen who have been under fire and immediate danger of death for longer than six weeks report that they have prayed to God."

        July 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
        • myweightinwords

          I think that the point you seem to be missing is that it is nothing more than a catchy statement.

          It is meaningless because it is incorrect, provably so.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Mark

      Controversial? There is absolutely nothing controversial about Pope Francis or his views. Viva Pope Francis and Viva Cristo Rey!

      July 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  14. wheels

    Geez if it isnt the World Cup its the Pope...calm down Brazil

    July 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  15. InFormed

    If you read the history of the Popes over the years, you would be SHOCKED at what the supposed 'gods representatives' have been up to over the years. From murder and incest to bribery and inciting wars.

    July 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • pmmarion

      Nothing that any of the other so called world religions have not had happen within their ranks.

      July 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • John Smith

      Try not to be too silly. My bet is you've never read a single book on the Papacy. Got all your info off a "really good" Internet scandal site, right? And the kids on the playground when you were 8 -years-old told you all kinds of amazing things.

      It might occur to you, while you go defaming the Papacy, that this Pope is considered an unusually good choice, and that he has already been tackling corruption.

      July 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Your religion is useless and your pope is useless... and your 'priests' do a sufficient job of defaming your cult

      July 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • egret

      True enough, but that doesn't say a thing about this Pope. Most of those things occurred in a generally vicious age.

      July 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  16. Divad David

    VIVA el papa!!!!

    July 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  17. Pete

    Brazil is a dangerous hellhole. Do not go there.

    July 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • yadadada

      You have no idea what you are talking about.... You just read some of hte headlines and act like the whole country is like that. I have been ther 5 times, to poor parts and not so poor parts, if you are respectful Brazil is an amazing place. I never once felt in trouble or worried, the people are very nice. Just because a few rotten apples cause some issues don't mean its a bad place. Ive felt more in trouble in places in the US and Canada to be honest.

      July 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • James

      a statement from a person who was never been there. probably never out of his small southern trailer park.

      July 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
    • James

      by the way, i grew up in rio, where i've never had any issues and have been robbed twice here in the us!

      July 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • Ernest

      Just like Detroit!

      July 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
      • Peter

        Only way better.

        July 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • egret

      It's just a place, with good things and bad, like anywhere!

      July 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  18. Honey Badger Don't Care

    Why does the pope need security if he is the earthly conduit of the almighty?

    July 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • newshound

      Because God cannot possibly keep track of all the wackos in the world.

      July 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Pete

      because there is no such thing as god and the pope knows it

      July 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
      • Richard

        Only a man who believes in God would wander into a throng on Brazilians. An atheist would sooner take his own life.

        July 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Wandering around in a thong is pretty normal in Brazil.

          July 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
      • knowgod

        You are blind and foolish. God lives in us all. Search for Jesus, by honest prayer and reading/studying the bible, and he will answer your call. He waited over 33 years for this fool to find him.

        July 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
      • wiseguy

        Judging you on this comment-you are a complete moron and that is something that EVERYONE now knows it!

        July 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • knowgod

      Do not tempt the Lord your God. Although God does protect us all, including you, we are required to do the work ourselves also.

      July 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
      • Richard Cranium

        do not tempt your god? Why not?...oh yeah, I've read the bible, and he is a very vindictive nasty smiter, isn't he.

        Smite me with your smitiest smite oh mighty smiter.....do you think he is tempted?

        July 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
        • Ernest

          Don't worry. He still cares about you.

          July 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
        • knowgod

          On the contrary, he is very merciful. He has waited for 2000+ years for the world to accept Jesus.

          July 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
        • BuffaloBen

          Morgan Freeman just chuckled.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
        • JustAQuestion

          Did you judge your parents to be vindictive and nasty when they disciplined you for doing wrong? Fo some folks sitting them in a corner or not giving them a second teddy bear is enough... for others a smack to the backside is neccissary.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
        • Richard Cranium

          yes so very merciful he drowned all but a small family, so merciful he wiped out entire cities.

          By the way Jesus as supposed to come back within one generation. 100 generations later and still nothing.

          Seriously, can't you see how amazingly flawed the bible is, that if there is a god, it is certainly not what is described in the bible.

          And by the way, you'd better be in your pumpkin patch on October 31st, otherwise the Great pumpkin will be very angry with you.

          July 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
        • Joe

          If my parents had thrown me out of the house and cursed everyone who is related to me in the future the first time I made a mistake I would judge them as being nasty and vindictive.

          July 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        Tempt him? I'd say "Fuck Him!" but I don't think "he" exists and I don't talk to imaginary beings.

        July 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
  19. james

    once again the combined total comments for this pope do not come close to the total comments on the story of one good deed of pope george zimmerman on another page so maybe this guy is not as important as gz. who do you follow, this guy in a dress and body guards or a simple man really just trying save us from the bad guys?

    July 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • sam

      George Zimmerman is pope now?? And he's trying to save us from the bad guys??

      This is substandard trolling. This is bad, and you should feel bad.

      July 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      Well don't forget that so called royal baby! That is the most useless topic one can find but the western media is giving it a lot of coverage.

      July 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
      • R.M. Goodswell

        this – I wish there was an agree button...

        July 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • james

      glad to see some have a sense of humor and some have no sense, sam.

      July 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
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