Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
RIO DE JANEIRO

Pope rests after chaotic arrival in Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro, July 23 - Pope Francis is set to
have a day of rest on Tuesday after he was welcomed by thousands
in emotional and sometimes chaotic scenes following his arrival
in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
The pope has travelled to Brazil in his first overseas
visit since being elected head of the Catholic Church in March
for a week-long visit for World Youth Day (WYD).
The car taking Francis from the airport to a ceremony with
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the state governor's
palace got stuck in traffic after the driver apparently took a
wrong turn and missed the lane that had been cleared for
Francis.
The vehicle was mobbed by big crowds trying to greet the
pope and security officials had trouble keeping people back so
Francis could continue his journey.
The pope, however, remained unperturbed, waving, shaking
hands and embracing children, first from an open window of the
car and then from a pope-mobile devoid of protective screens.
The arrival was marred by clashes between protestors and
police after the ceremony at the governor's palace.
Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters, who are angry
at alleged government corruption and the cost of the pope's
visit.
One policeman was badly burned by a Molotov cocktail in the
clashes, while AFP reported that a Japanese photographer working
for it had been injured after being hit in the head by a police
baton.
Six protestors have been detained.

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