Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Pope not concerned about protests in Brazil before visit

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(ANSA) – Vatican City, July 17 – Pope Francis and the
Vatican are aware but not worried about demonstrations and
social unrest in Brazil during the days leading up to World
Youth Day, a spokesman said Wednesday.
"We are going with total peace of mind, knowing that these
events do not have anything specific against the Pope or the
Church and having total confidence in the ability of the
Brazilian authorities to handle the situation," Father Federico
Lombardi told reporters during a briefing ahead of the pope's
visit to Rio di Janeiro for the youth day event.
Francis will travel to Brazil next week, from July 22 to
28.
The Vatican is shipping two customized cars - one green and
one white – that he uses in St. Peter's Square for the pope's
public appearances, said Lombardi.
But a reinforced, bullet-proof 'pope-mobile' will not be
used, the spokesman added.
Brazil has seen some of its most widespread demonstrations
in more than 20 years over the past month, against a series of
transport-fare increases, corruption, and concerns over the cost
of major events such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic
Games.
Both of those events are being hosted by Rio de Janeiro.

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