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Jul 28, 2013

Analysis: Pope’s Brazil visit raises red flags for World Cup, Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A string of organizational flaws during the visit of Pope Francis to Brazil that put him at risk and stranded thousands of visiting faithful has deepened concern about the country’s ability to host the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games.

Even Rio de Janeiro’s mayor gave himself a failing grade in organizing World Youth Day, a biennial gathering of young Catholics that on Sunday drew some 3 million people to a seaside mass delivered by the pope on Copacabana beach.

Jul 28, 2013

Pope’s Brazil visit raises red flags for World Cup, Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 28 (Reuters) – A string of organizational flaws during the visit of Pope Francis to Brazil that put him at risk and stranded thousands of visiting faithful has deepened concern about the country’s ability to host the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games.

Even Rio de Janeiro’s mayor gave himself a failing grade in organizing World Youth Day, a biennial gathering of young Catholics that on Sunday drew some 3 million people to a seaside mass delivered by the pope on Copacabana beach.

Jul 28, 2013

Pope urges Brazil’s youth to seek change, fight apathy

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged Brazil’s young people, who have protested against corruption in their country, to continue their efforts to change society by fighting apathy and offering “a Christian response.”

The 76-year-old pope spoke to a crowd estimated by the Vatican to be more than 2 million people gathered on Rio’s famed Copacabana beach for an evening rally where he also urged young people to shun fleeting fads and be “athletes of Christ.”

Jul 27, 2013

Pope, in Brazil, asks young to change unfair, corrupt world

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged young people on Friday to change a world where food is discarded while millions go hungry, where racism and violence still affront human dignity and where politics is more associated with corruption than service.

Francis, on the fifth day of his first trip abroad since his election in March, went to Rio’s Copacabana beach to preside at a “Way of the Cross” service commemorating Jesus’ final hours as part of an international jamboree of Catholic youth, known as World Youth Day.

Jul 26, 2013

Despite rapturous reception, pope faces challenges in Latin America

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilians have given Pope Francis a superstar’s welcome on his first return to his home continent but the big question is whether the trip can help stop the hemorrhaging of the Catholic Church in Latin America.

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.

Jul 26, 2013

Pope scolds rich, demands social justice in visit to Brazil slum

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday issued the first social manifesto of his young pontificate, telling slum dwellers in Brazil that the world’s rich must do much more to wipe out vast inequalities between the haves and the have-nots.

The pope also urged Brazil’s youth, who have taken part in recent protests showing discontent with the status quo, to keep alive their “sensitivity towards injustice” and be a catalyst in the fight against corruption.

Jul 26, 2013

Crowd of up to a million cheers Pope on Brazil’s Copacabana beach

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday issued his first social manifesto, calling on the rich to wipe out vast inequalities, and later received an ecstatic welcome from up to a million people on Rio’s famed Copacabana beach.

During a visit to a Rio slum on Thursday morning, the first Latin American pope called for a “culture of solidarity” to replace the “selfishness and individualism” in modern society.

Jul 25, 2013

Pope Francis scolds rich in visit to muddy Brazilian slum

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday issued the first social manifesto of his young pontificate, telling slum dwellers that the world’s rich must do much more to wipe out vast inequalities between the haves and the have-nots.

History’s first Latin American pope, who has rallied the Church on behalf of the poor and who lives more austerely than predecessors, called for a “culture solidarity” to replace the “selfishness and individualism” prevailing in modern society.

Jul 22, 2013

After post-protest flurry, Brazil’s politicians resist reform

BRASILIA (Reuters) – One month after demonstrators climbed onto the roof of Congress demanding an end to corruption and the clean-up of Brazil’s political stables, lawmakers are procrastinating.

In an initial flurry of activity, rattled congressmen abandoned a constitutional amendment that would have made it harder to prosecute corrupt politicians, senators voted to stiffen penalties for corruption, and Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of a lawmaker convicted of embezzlement.

Jul 16, 2013

Rousseff’s popularity sinks after Brazil’s protests

BRASILIA, July 16 (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff’s
approval rating plummeted and her re-election chances have
dimmed in the month since massive protests of poor public
services, corruption and other complaints shook Brazil, a new
poll published on Tuesday showed.

The number of Brazilians who approve of her government’s
performance fell to 31.3 percent in July from 54.2 percent in
June. The number of those who think it has done a bad job soared
to 29.5 percent from 9 percent, the survey by polling firm MDA
Pesquisa said.