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which happened after Pope Francis arrived in Rio from Rome at the start of a week-long trip, raised serious questions about the security arrangements for the visit.
crowds in an open-topped Mercedes jeep during his visit, rather than a glass-enclosed,
bullet-proof Pope-mobile. In keeping with the modest style that Francis has stamped on
the papacy, however, he carried his own hand luggage when he boarded the special
Alitalia flight from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport to Rio de Janeiro early on Monday.
Before arriving, the Pope warned that the world risks losing an entire generation of
young people to unemployment.
The 76-year-old Jesuit Pope said the “culture of rejection” also extended to old people
and that there was a danger that the elderly were being thrown on the scrap heap of
society despite the experience they could offer. "We need to make an effort to bring
everyone into society, this is the sense I want to bring to this trip.”
The Pope, who succeeded Benedict XVI after his shock resignation in March, arrived
shortly before 8pm BST where he will spend a week in the country for World Youth Day
in the wake of mass protests there over economic inequalities.
It is the first official overseas visit of his four-month papacy and the first time since
his election in a secret conclave that he has returned to South America, the continent of
his birth. Despite a row over the costs of the trip, his visit has generated huge
excitement in Brazil, which has the world’s largest Catholic population.
Pope Francis has called for a “culture of solidarity” to replace the
“selfishness and individualism” prevailing in modern society today.
He went on to say ...
“no one can remain insensitive to the
inequalities that persist in the world”
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