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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. dwt

    And that place is hosting a Summer Olympics in 2016!

    July 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
  2. Jaime A. Llado

    Our own existence and consciousness is proof of the refining of the Universe in this everywhere presence. We still don't understand, precisely, the vastness of that power. Religion is distraction on a cell level.

    July 23, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
    • Namu

      Your brain is damaged at the cellular level.

      July 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
  3. wolf776

    Wow, the Pope took a wrong turn, further proof he isn't infallible

    July 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
    • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

      The Pope is only infallible when he speaks to announce a Dogma of the Church from St Peter's throne in the Vatican.

      Trying to be smart when you're not in possession of the facts makes you look a bit silly.

      July 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
      • Namu

        Talking about a sleazeball being "infallible" makes YOU look like an incredibly large idiot. Your village finally got the internet, eh?

        July 23, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
      • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

        Wrong. St. Peter had no "throne". (Actually there was no Bishop of Rome named Peter. Historians and archaeologists have proven that.). But "ex-Cathedra" does not mean "from the *throne*. I see you really know no Latin.

        July 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
      • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

        In the 19th Century the Roman church (which says it's roots are in the Bible AND tradition), cooked up a new "tradition". Infallibility in the matter of 'faith and morals", (NOT "doctrine").

        Guess who is the one who looks "silly" ?

        July 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
      • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

        Ex-cathedra means "from the chair".

        July 24, 2013 at 12:02 am |
  4. Chris

    blah blah blah atheist blah blah blah Dawkins blah blah blah science blah blah blah....

    July 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • Athy

      One of the smartest comments I've read in quite a while.

      July 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
  5. Reality

    Just in case Francis is reading this blog:

    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 9:10 pm |
    • Commando

      You are a bigger fool then everybody give you credit for but your letter was so foolish i will use it in teaching Christianity to kids in government state schools thanks for comment it will come in handy as we poke fun of your foolishness
      as we discover all about God and his plan to save humanity

      July 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
      • Yumpin Yupiter

        Commando,

        You are a teacher? Aaaarrrgggghhh!

        July 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
      • sam

        Zeus, you religious nutz are hilarious.

        July 24, 2013 at 1:08 am |
  6. bergus

    am i the only one that thinks the fact that the pope doesn't have enough faith to believe he needs a security detail, is highly hypocritical?

    July 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • Historian

      You do know there have been attempts on popes' lives in the past, right? JP2 was shot in the 80s. I was impressed he left behind the bulletproof popemobile.

      July 24, 2013 at 1:24 am |
    • M.A.P.

      If he gets assasinated, then isn't that also a part of God's great "plan"? Why try to stop the inevitable – gods fantastic plan? Might as well have no security whatsoever.

      July 24, 2013 at 5:20 am |
  7. adrifter

    Religion is so obviously and blatantly false that I cannot understand why so many people believe the nonsense. Atheists have every right – more like an obligation to the future – to point out the absurdity of religion. Plus, no one is making themselves rich by being an atheist. The same can't said about religion, can it? Religions are making a fortune of the gullible.

    July 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • Sean MacNair

      Yep, so much for tolerance...

      July 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Athy

      Well said, drifter. Thank you. This'll stump the religies.

      July 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • bergus

      i must respectfully disagree. THE CHURCH is making a fortune of the gullible. THE CHURCH is man's corruption of god. RELIGION is the last hope that a person can turn to when they think they have nothing left. For those who have never hit that place in their life, they need god, good for them. But that's no excuse to go around thinking you're better than anyone else...

      July 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
      • Schell

        How can a god be corrupted?

        Guess what, I am better than you.

        July 24, 2013 at 1:10 am |
    • M.A.P.

      I think it is our responsability as good atheists to spread the word of non-belief and show people that they actually don't need religion to live fulfilling, happy, meaningfull lives. Just as other religions make it their "mission" to convert, we must also work to help free peoples minds from the cloudy dark world of religious belief.

      July 24, 2013 at 5:22 am |
  8. dsfdsf

    better luck next time, Brazilian mob

    July 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
  9. JJ

    Shouldn't baby Jesus be taking care of the head pedophile?

    July 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • SPW

      Why are you so sour?

      Pope Francis has already done a lot more than his predecessor in cleaning out the church and making it wholesome again

      He's a modest and humble man that comes from a relatively quiet background

      July 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
      • Anon Ymous

        The Catholic church has never been "wholesome"

        July 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
      • Clarke

        Thank you, well said!

        July 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
      • No one

        If the church was such a prestigious organization it wouldn't need cleaning out.

        July 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
        • lngtrmthnkr

          Rats can creep into any structure if the holes are big enough.

          July 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
      • Hitch's Apprentice

        .. and now works as the head of corrupt and morally bankrupt outfit of criminals and pedophile. You are judged by the company you keep. If he was that humble, he would have turned the job down. Methinks he is not. I have not seen anything but business as usual. PT Barnum could only hope to get a piece to the religion racket!

        July 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        EXACTLY what has he done? Anything, even a mere thought, would be more than anything his evil predecessors did. He has done nothing of any practical value to surpass the low bar set by The Rat and his ilk.

        July 24, 2013 at 2:21 am |
    • Sean MacNair

      And you have proof that Pope Francis is "the head pedophile"... how?

      July 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
      • gameface

        he has the pointiest hat...

        July 23, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
    • JJ

      Making your pedophile infested cult wholesome again?!....SERIOUSLY?! Wow...you sheep supporters of child rapists are the most repulsive, disgusting pile of shit!

      July 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
  10. REALLY

    Is it really possible that in all the universe and its chaos that we somehow became with no true explainable reason. Hanging perfect in the solar system, galaxy, and universe. It may be time for us to realize, as a human race, something beyond our own current understanding, made a place for us to have free will to determine our ultimate fate. You are who you were made to be. Isn't time for us to accept one another instead of rejecting each and every difference. Embrace your existence whether or not you believe in Jesus.

    July 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • tallulah13

      "Is it really possible that in all the universe and its chaos that we somehow became with no true explainable reason."

      Life forms are opportunistic and can survive and thrive in many unlikely places. Life doesn't need a reason; It will take root where it is able, because the greatest imperative of living organisms is survival and procreation. Life on Earth was shaped by the varied conditions that shaped the Earth itself. The fossil record proves that.

      Every day, scientists are learning more about how life came to exist on this planet. Seemingly every day, astronomers are discovering planets that could very likely also host life. I'm not sure why you need to think that life needs reasons. It's pretty extraordinary, even without.

      July 24, 2013 at 1:39 am |
      • HotAirAce

        And nothing that has been discovered by anyone leads to "some (unfounded) god(s) did it."

        July 24, 2013 at 2:11 am |
  11. lionlylamb

    Some people here have proclaimed that "we don't know" how the cosmos came into being yet they make claims to a "singular" Big Bang "theory" to justify their scientific outlook... Whenever a theist says that God instilled the Big Bang, the atheists all say, "Where then did God come from"?... Theists don't know the where and how by which God was created... They only know that something that came about within the never ending of spatial nothingness dare needs a creation's creator in order for any celestially established contrivance to come forth from nothingness's unending being... Theists are fools who cannot fathom scientific theories of base relativisms scientifically endured and likewise scientists are just as foolish wherever their theories fall short of the blatantly mundane orifices that cannot be scientifically theorized with any righteous accuracy..

    In my scientific suppositions I have proposed that there were once immeasurably unknown amounts of Big Bangs spread out uniformly upon the great vastness of spatial relativisms that is Nothingness itself... Such a theory regarding unknowable amounts of Big Bangs spread out uniformly upon the great vastness of continual Nothingness just may well be the missing mathematical linkage for explaining the hindering smallness of our selfishly acknowledged celestial issues that has confounded many astrophysicists who endeavor to seek a resonating mathematical formulary in order to rationalize a theoretical understanding of the celestial cosmos...

    Forgive me my lengthy sentencing wordage usage but many times I endure to write, I become oblivious to the needs to shorten my sentence wordage usages...

    Once again I shall attempt to iterate a perspective view of mine...

    If in the very beginning moments of spatial conservatisms there was randomly spread out upon the great vastness of Nothingness; immeasurable numbers of Big Bangs thereby establishing a uniformity of cascading individualized universal conditionings; thusly creating among the vastness of spatial conditions toward a theoretical cosmological linkage of gravimetrical conduciveness relative to each Big Bang's main whereabouts...

    Long before God became flesh and bone as is made mention of in Genesis 6:3, the Holy Spirit was this Spatial Nothingness that has always been and will ever be. That's as simplistic as I can so write ... For before the Holy Spirit became flesh and bones, Chaos ensued and immeasurable amounts of Big Bangs began to multiply within great distances from each other... We are rather simplistically aware of but one Big Bang and I am in sorrows that our astrophysicists cannot rightly fathom the plausible conditionings that permeate the theoretical potential for immeasurable amounts of Big Bangs leisurely being born and/or established within the Holy Spirit being but Spatial Nothingness...

    Our mal-aligned opinions regarding which came first, the physical God or God’s spiritual relevancy seems to have slipped everyone's conscience awareness... To my reckoning endorphins; the Holy Spirit should stand within our viewpoints’ perspectives as being or becoming the Spatial Nothingness which always was and will forever be… While one's availing assumptions are mentally fielded toward reconciling that the spiritual came first before the material... Thusly the Holy Spirit of Nothingness began and became the driving force behind all manner and mannerisms of physical essences in all of Celestial Creationism and even the Terrestrially Created Evolutionary Trails of all Cellular Chasms of Atomized Cosmologies...

    July 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      No one cares.
      You can't write a coherent sentence.
      Are you on drugs ?
      A psychiatrist reading that would assume you are insane.

      July 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
      • lionlylamb

        Dasea wrote on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm statig, "That is an interesting idea. It seems like a majority of big bang believers suppose time, light, energy, and dark matter began universally at our common big bang. If there is truth to your idea that other big bangs have occurred with a perfect symmetry including our own then many would believe these other big bangs events have a common light scatter, time, energy and dark matter, therefor there is no medium for any type of information to traverse. If a God existed to order the big bang, and could witness outside of that universe to construct another big bang event, then that God truly is way beyond us. He or She (it) must exists not in any part of the cosmos, but outside of our ability to understand. Outside of our ability to communicate, because no medium exists between two universes which were both formed from the light time created by unique big bangs. Only a creature or creatures outside of the universes would not be blinded by the universal commonality. We should ask this god to hold a tight string and tin cans, or we will never know with our foreseeable technology. Perhaps we are unable to see the forest because of the tree house"

        .

        July 23, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
        • lionlylamb

          And I responded to Dasea on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm wriying, "Our mal-aligned opinions regarding which came first, the physical God or Gods spiritual relevancy seems to have slipped everyone's conscience awareness... To my reckoning endorphins the Holy Spirit is within our viewpoints perspectives; the Spatial Nothingness which always was and will forever be..! One's assumptions toward reconciling the spiritual came first before the material... Thusly the Holy Spirit of Nothingness became the force behind all manners of physical essences in all of Celestial Creationism and even the Terrestrially Created Evolutionary of the cellular chasms of atomized cosmologies..."

          July 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Existence requires time. Spacetime is a dimension only in this universe, so far as we know, at this point. Saying something "exists" outside it is meaningless.

          July 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
      • lionlylamb

        (Re-edited post)

        Our mal-aligned opinions regarding which came first, the physical God or God’s spiritual relevancy seems to have slipped everyone's conscience awareness... To my reckoning endorphins; the Holy Spirit should stand within our viewpoints’ perspectives as being or becoming the Spatial Nothingness which always was and will forever be… While one's availing assumptions are mentally fielded toward reconciling that the spiritual came first before the material... Thusly the Holy Spirit of Nothingness began and became the driving force behind all manner and mannerisms of physical essences in all of Celestial Creationism and even the Terrestrially Created Evolutionary Trails of all Cellular Chasms within Atomized Cosmologies...

        July 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
        • Dar

          Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Dar,
          Of course I know. Why the hell do you think I chose the name, Mrs Obvious ?

          Sure you did old wise one of the key board.

          July 24, 2013 at 12:09 am |
        • Dar

          A Frayed Knot
          No, it was from the TV show Laugh In and it referred to one's butt. So, neither are you as smart as you think you are...

          I am not going to say that it wasn't in reference to a butt Knot, but either way, Bippy is either an ass or a penis in my view.
          Thanks for the help Knot

          July 24, 2013 at 12:13 am |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          This from someone who can't even figure out what reply button to click on.

          July 24, 2013 at 12:15 am |
      • Dar

        Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

        No one cares.
        You can't write a coherent sentence.
        Are you on drugs ?
        A psychiatrist reading that would assume you are insane

        Hi Bippy (you know that the word Bippy was a reference to a penis in the early 70's didn't you) Dork. LOL You are not as smart as you think little one.
        As far as your smart ass remark that is listed above...............Most people think of you in that sense.
        But God still loves you, I don't know why, but he does.
        Have a good night pea brain. or penis......ROFLMAO

        July 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Dar,
          Of course I know. Why the hell do you think I chose the name, Mrs Obvious ?
          There is no god. The Pink Unicorn loves you.

          July 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          You really think you are funny don't you ?
          ROTFLMAO.

          July 23, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
        • A Frayed Knot

          Dar,
          " (you know that the word Bippy was a reference to a penis in the early 70's didn't you) Dork. LOL You are not as smart as you think little one."

          No, it was from the TV show Laugh In and it referred to one's butt. So, neither are you as smart as you think you are...

          July 24, 2013 at 12:03 am |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          bippy :
          noun, plural bip·pies. Slang.
          an unspecified part of the anatomy (usually used in the phrase You bet your ( sweet ) bippy

          "You bet your sweet bippy"

          It did NOT necessarily mean butt.

          July 24, 2013 at 12:11 am |
        • A Frayed Knot

          The parlance of the day in the 50s, 60s and 70s was: "You bet your sweet as.s." "Bippy" was a take-off on that to get past the TV censors.

          There used to be a totally nonsense in-crowd question that went around for quite a while:

          Q. Are you a turtle?
          A. You bet your sweet as.s I am! (ybysaia)

          July 24, 2013 at 12:21 am |
        • A Frayed Knot

          * A "Turtle" sometimes referred to a member of a fict.itious drinking fraternity, but many people went around asking that question just for silliness...

          July 24, 2013 at 12:29 am |
        • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

          Language means whatever the user intends it to mean.

          July 24, 2013 at 12:31 am |
        • A Frayed Knot

          It's okay, Bippy, I like you. I think you're just purple! (of course, you know I mean that 'purple' means cool, huh?)

          July 24, 2013 at 12:36 am |
    • TryHard

      You are trying too hard to sound smart. Most of your sentences are just piled with vocabulary rubbish. I understand what you are trying to say and I don't disagree with it, but you are just throwing words together for vocabulary ejaculation.

      July 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
      • Athy

        That's loonylamb. Most of us just ignore him.

        July 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • Anon Ymous

      gravimetrical = not a word

      July 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Hitch's Apprentice

      Whatever you're smoking save me the roach,pal!!

      July 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • real reality

      who cares about the big bang theory, it is another pie in the sky theory, all talk and supposition, what does it help? It does not help humanity, it does not help with energy needs, it does not help scientists of the present day in creating another livable planet nor does it even help them find 1 livable planet like earth.

      July 24, 2013 at 12:54 am |
      • Schell

        yet.

        July 24, 2013 at 1:13 am |
      • lngtrmthnkr

        smart people have questions ,they look for answers,sometimes they find them. Who cares? Questioning people do.

        July 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  12. God wears panties

    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?
    >
    That is a bs statement. The men I served with had quite the opposite reaction. If anything, war reveals the lack of a god when you see children splattered all over the ground and walls.

    Former Marine

    July 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • fred

      No, the absence of God is Obvious in your disrespect, beginning with your name. Children splattered on walls is why we need God not a reason to reject God.

      July 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
      • Athy

        It's a better reason to reject god. Why a god with the power you religies claim he has let such a thing happen?

        July 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
        • lngtrmthnkr

          Don't ask us ask him. You can rail at him and tell him how you think he isn't doing his job and how he isn't taking care of hi little children and that if -if he exists why doesn't he help the world ?

          July 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
      • Hitch's Apprentice

        I think you mean god is the reason children are splattered on the walls. How soon you forgot the jihads claimed by that god. Religion is poison and people who deal in it are deluded, naive and dangerous in my books.

        July 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • JJ

      Psalm 137:9 – Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

      July 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • God wears panties

      fred

      No, the absence of God is Obvious in your disrespect, beginning with your name. Children splattered on walls is why we need God not a reason to reject God.
      >>>>
      Interesting, mythical beings can be disrespected. And you realize there is more than one god so are you as suming that I was talking about your go.lol

      July 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  13. Agallon

    They should have called up George Zimmerman to take care of the security.

    July 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
  14. Your Panties in Texas

    It will all be okay In The End. Somebody's End. Grins.

    July 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
  15. Michael

    They were trying to figure out what went wrong? Are they clueless as to what it means to have the head of an organization that strived to molest as many little boys as possible, while condemning having relations with grown men, visit on 'youth world day'? Add to that a bunch of grown closeted cowards trying to enforce their beliefs and restrictions on women then no wonder there was a riot.

    It's a pity he doesn't visit America. I'm sure we'd show him the same exact welcome.

    July 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • Pedro

      The Pope has actually visited the US plenty of times, and no one has tried to blow him up.

      July 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • George

      That is one the dumbest comments I have ever read. The pope has been to the U.S many times. Do you really think all the young people are going to grow to be child molesters? There is good and bad in every movement. Child molestation unfortunately is not exclusively a Catholic issue. I am aware of Atheists, Anarchists, and people from almost all denominations who have been charged and/or convicted of crimes against children. To say that about the youth of the world is a sad statement, from a sad person, who doesn't really know his/her facts. If you are in school I would HIGHLY recommend that you stay there as long as possible.

      July 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  16. Dave

    Why does he need security? Let his "god" protect him.

    July 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • JJ

      Because it's all a load of shit. He's a con man and the deluded, gullible followers keep him in business.

      July 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  17. joanne1965

    What is even more frightening are the people and their hysterics over this man...

    July 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      Never understood the fascination with celebrities. Every one I ever met was a big disappointment.

      July 24, 2013 at 12:52 am |
      • tallulah13

        I sat by Willem Dafoe (back when he was a pretty big name) at minor league baseball game. He was teaching his companion's 10-year-old or so kid how to watch the game and what the rules were. I didn't talk to him or anything, but I thought he was really patient and kind to the kid.

        Not that has any bearing on anything. I just thought that he was a celebrity who wasn't a total dick.

        July 24, 2013 at 1:46 am |
  18. Thought Purification

    of course they got nervous, their feeling is often described as 'culture shock', for Pope it was a homecoming.

    July 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Jesus falsely/delusionaly claimed to be the son of God. He was rightfully crucified by God for his sins against man. That is why he screamed "God, why have you forsaken me?" All those that follow Jesus are actually following the devil. Jesus is burning in hell as we speak.

    July 23, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • Proud Atheist

      There's only one problem with your statement: it's delusional as well. There is no God, there is no Satan, there is no Heaven, and there is most certainly no He ll. Please provide the evidence or proof for these things or just admit that you suffer from the God delusion; it's a disease that's affecting your, and many other's, judgment.

      July 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • MaryAnn

      What sin against what man? Wasn't this article about security and a traffic jam??

      July 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level judging squirrel god

      Jebus (if he even existed) "claimed" no such thing. Every word "placed in his mouth" as aliterary device cannot be verified, and there is not any shred of evidence that he actually said anything that he was reported to have said. In fact we can be reasonably certain he did NOT say a lot of things. For example he certainly did not say "You are Peter,and upon this rock I will build my church". The apostles would have said "What is a 'church' " ? There was no such thing as a "church" in those days. There were Greek "ecclesia", (which is the word used in the Greek), bit they would have no way of knowing what those were either.

      "Son of god" was a general "honorific" applied to may. It was not a specific *biological* meaning. AlLl it meant was "ggod guy", / "righteous", and was applied to generals, politicians, public heroes ... many people. He certainly did not claim that status, and even if he did, it would not make him unique in any way.

      July 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
      • Jeff

        Good answer! That is the most coherent response I've ever gotten.

        July 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
  20. manny

    hmmm? how are they going to deal with Olympics and the nightmare security they will be faced with then?

    July 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
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