Pope Francis lands in Brazil for first papal trip abroad
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 01:11
July 22 - Pope Francis arrived in Brazil, home to the world's biggest Roman Catholic population, for his first trip abroad since assuming the papacy in March. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Pope Francis landed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday for a week-long visit centered around World Youth Day, a massive gathering of young Catholics that is expected to attract more than 1 million people to the city and nearby sites.
The trip to the coastal metropolis, a return to his home continent by the former Argentine cardinal, comes as secular interests, other faiths and distaste for the sexual and financial scandals that have roiled the Vatican in recent years cause many Catholics around the world to leave the Church.
The visit also comes amid growing economic and social dissatisfaction in Brazil, which is still home to more than 120 million Catholics.
In the five months since he succeeded Benedict, Francis has pleased many with his simple style, rejection of luxuries and calls for the Church to advocate on behalf of the poor and causes of social justice. Aboard his plane on Monday, the pope told reporters the world risks losing a generation of young people to unemployment and called for a more inclusive culture.
Brazilian officials hope that his message of solidarity with the poor and working classes will minimize the possibility of major protests during his visit.
Still, they have deployed more than 20,000 soldiers, police and security officials for the visit.
Upon arrival, Francis was scheduled to ride through Rio's busy city center before proceeding to a state government palace, where he will meet with President Dilma Rousseff. Throughout the week, Francis is scheduled to visit a nearby shrine, lead a giant service on Rio's Copacabana beach and give mass at a big rally in a pasture outside the city.
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