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Pope tries on Indigenous headdress to cheers

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 00:34

July 27 - Pope Francis tries on the headdress of a Brazilian indigenous man over his skullcap to great applause. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Known as the "slum cardinal" in his native Argentina because of his austere lifestyle and visits to poor areas, Pope Francis has made addressing poverty a central theme of his young pontificate. The pope began his penultimate day in Brazil by prodding priests to get out of their comfort zones and go out to the slums and the periphery during a sermon of a Mass in Rio de Janeiro's Metropolitan Cathedral on the penultimate day of his trip to Brazil. Since his election in March as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, Francis has been prodding priests, nuns and bishops to think less about their careers in the Church and listen more to the cries of those hungry to fill both material and spiritual needs. A municipal theatre dance troupe of young students performed for the pope who received flowers from one of the academy's youngest dancers. Pope Francis also met on stage with some of Brazil's indigenous people. A member from the group stopped and offered the pontiff his feathered headdress which Pope Francis accepted placing it on his head over his skullcap. Millions of people have turned out to see the Argentine pope since his arrival on Monday (July 22) for events surrounding World Youth Day, an international jamboree of Catholic youth. The first Latin American pope is clearly relishing the enthusiasm at a time when the Church, which once was an unrivalled religious bastion on the continent, is grappling to hold onto faithful.

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Pope tries on Indigenous headdress to cheers

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 00:34