Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
RIO DE JANEIRO

Francis invigorates Church on first foreign trip

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(By Emily Backus)
Rio De Janeiro, July 29 - Pope Francis said he
already felt "saudade" (nostalgia) in his concluding speech to
Brazilian authorities at the Rio De Janeiro airport, and
expressed hope for the youth of Brazil and the world for their
role in a "new spring" that "Christ is preparing".
Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrapped up his week in Brazil - his
first overseas trip as pontiff - where he attracted massive
crowds and celebrated the Catholic Church's 28th World Youth
Day, before boarding a flight for Rome.
An estimated three million people turned out to Rio's
Copacabana beach Sunday for the final Mass of the historic trip
to his home continent.
Earlier in the week poor weather forced the pope to fly by
plane rather than helicopter, as planned, to the national shrine
of Our Lady of Aparecida.
There 5,000 security forces prepared for his visit and
hundreds of thousands gathered for Mass.
The pope ignored the downpour, shunning an umbrella as he
toured the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro's northern zone,
surrounded by hundreds of residents who celebrated his visit on
Thursday.
Also on Thursday, Francis promised Brazilian youths
gathered for World Youth Day that by putting faith first "Life
will have a new flavour. It will have a compass that indicates
the way".
The pope invited young people to embrace hope, love and
Christ, rather than "money, power and possession" which he vowed
brought only a momentary illusion of happiness.
"In the end it is these things that come to possess us and
push us to always want more, to never be sated," he warned.
On Friday, Brazilian television goliath Globo put off an
episode of a highly popular TV series to broadcast the pope's
Stages of the Cross live, while hundreds of thousands of people
camped overnight along the four-km beach to attend the pope's
mass Sunday morning.
On Saturday, the pope told a group of Brazilian business
and civic leaders that "leadership" is knowing how to choose for
the "common good" and that decision makers are facing an ethical
"challenge without precedent".
"He who acts responsibly lays his actions before the rights
of others and God's judgement," said Pope Francis at Rio's
municipal theatre on Saturday.
In a final salute on Sunday, the pope thanked a crowd of
14,000 volunteers who worked on his visit, and told them what he
thought of the "fashion" of not getting married, of "enjoying"
life and remaining uncommitted.
The pope invited the crowd to "be revolutionaries, to go
against the grain, to rebel" by committing to a lifelong spouse.

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