Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
RIO DE JANEIRO

Pope Francis encourages favelas dwellers to fight corruption

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Rio de Janeiro, July 25 - On his visit to Rio de
Janeiro's Varignha favelas on Thursday, Pope Francis implored
the residents to "never lose heart" in spite of "corruption by
people who, instead of seeking the common good, seek their own
interest".
The Argentine pontiff's one-week tour of Brazil for World
Youth Day included a stop in one of the city's slum, part of the
larger Manguinhos favela where he gave a homily and met with a
family in their shack.
"Do not lose hope. Reality can change, men can
change...seek common good first," Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis' arrival to Brazil on Monday was marred by
clashes between police and protestors.
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, the 2016 Olympic
Games and June's Confederations Cup.
Hacker group Anonymous and members from the Brazilian
Atheist and Agnostic association Atea demonstration on Monday
were protesting local and national government spending for World
Youth Day and were not against the Argentine pontiff or
the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis encouraged the crowd to continue "efforts
being made by Brazilian society to integrate all of its parts,
even the most suffering, and needy, through the fight against
hunger and poverty".
He told the favela's residents to "promote common good
through the protection of intangible assets: life, family,
education, health and security".

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