Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Pope fears for jobless generation on flight to Brazil


(see related) Rome, July 22 - Pope Francis said Monday
that "because of the (economic) crisis an entire generation
risks never working".
Speaking from his flight towards Brazil for World Youth
Day, the pontiff said that "the possibility to earn one's daily
bread, and gain personal dignity, comes from work".
The Argentine pope criticised a "throw-away culture" and
urged people to seek a "culture of inclusion".
Francis departed for the South American country from Rome's
Fiumicino Airport on his first international trip as pontiff to
spend a week there, where he aims to encourage young people "to
be witnesses of hope and makers of peace," according to a
message sent to President Giorgio Napolitano.
The world's first Latin American pope also left Italians
with his "most fervent wishes of happiness and faith in the
The pope tweeted his excitement over his ensuing arrival in
Brazil after departing Rome.
"Shortly after departing I am arriving in Brazil in a few
hours and my heart is already full of joy because soon I will be
with you to celebrate the 28th World Youth Day," said the pope
using his @Pontifex Twitter account.
His scheduled arrival time in Rio de Janeiro is 4pm local
time after a 12 hour flight. He will return July 28.
The welcoming ceremony will take place an hour later in
the gardens of the Guanabara Palace, seat of the state's
government, where Francis will be greeted by Brazilian President
Dilma Rousseff.
Francis will then have two days rest to recover from jet
lag in a residence, where he will stay in a room used by
ordinary priests.
On Wednesday July 24, WYD officially kicks off with
activities and events.
Pope Francis will travel by helicopter to the Shrine of
Our Lady of the Conception of Aparecida, where he will celebrate
Mass and then have lunch with the bishops of the province and
seminarians in the Bon Jesus Seminary of Aparecida.
He will then return to Rio in the evening and visit the
St. Francis of Assisi of the Providence of God Hospital.
On Thursday, 25 July, he will celebrate a private mass at
the president's Sumaré residence, receive the city keys and then
bless the Olympic flags at the City Palace of Rio de Janeiro.
The pope has also scheduled a visit to one of the city's
favelas, where he will give a speech.
Shortly after, he will take part in the World Youth Day
welcoming ceremony on Copacabana beachfront.
On Friday, 26 July the pope will hear the confession of
some youth participating in WYD ahead of a Via Crucis procession
along Copacabana beachfront later in the day.
Francis will also meet some young prisoners in the
Archbishopric of St. Joaquin.
On Saturday, 27 July, WYD will officially open with a Mass
celebrated with the bishops and with priests and seminarians in
Rio de Janeiro's St Sebastian Cathedral.
Later in the morning he will meet Brazil's leaders at the
Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro then lunch with the
cardinals of Brazil, the presidency of the national conference
of bishops of Brazil and bishops from the region in the
refectory of the Sumare' Study Centre.
To close the day, Pope Francis will hold a prayer vigil
with young people at Campus Fidei in Guaratiba.
On Sunday, 28 July, the pope will celebrate Mass for WYD
at the Campus Fidei then meet with the coordinating committee of
CELAM (Latin American Episcopal Conference) at the Sumare' Study
A farewell ceremony will take place at the Galeao-Antonio
Carlos Jobim International Airport before the pope's return to
Rome's Fiumicino Airport, with his flight set to land in the
Italian capital on Monday, 29 July, at around 11:30 local time.

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