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Pope gets rapturous welcome in Brazil

Pope Francis got a rapturous welcome from tens of thousands of pilgrims Monday as he arrived in Brazil on his first foreign trip as pontiff, but violent protests later swept the streets. The 76-year-old Argentine rode in a open-top jeep through the center of Rio de Janeiro, kicking off a week-long visit to a country whose Catholic numbers are slipping and in which economic progress has recently been joined by social unrest.

Pope gets rapturous welcome in Brazil

Pope Francis got a rapturous welcome from tens of thousands of pilgrims Monday as he arrived in Brazil on his first foreign trip as pontiff, but violent protests later swept the streets. The 76-year-old Argentine rode in a open-top jeep through the center of Rio de Janeiro, kicking off a week-long visit to a country whose Catholic numbers are slipping and in which economic progress has recently been joined by social unrest.

Brazilians throng streets to greet pope

Tens of thousands of pilgrims packed Rio de Janeiro's streets to greet Pope Francis on Monday, joyfully swarming his car and chanting his name in a country recently rocked by social unrest. The 76-year-old Argentine, making his first trip abroad since becoming the first Latin American pontiff, was surrounded by throngs of cheering faithful as he was driven through the Brazilian city.

Brazilians throng streets to greet pope

Pilgrims packed the streets of Rio de Janeiro to greet Pope Francis on Monday, joyfully swarming his car and chanting his name in a country recently rocked by social unrest. The 76-year-old Argentine, making his first trip abroad since becoming the first Latin American pontiff, was surrounded by thousands of cheering faithful as he was driven through the Brazilian city. But the first day of his visit was marred by violence when riot police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of people protesting the cost of his visit outside the state governor's palace.

Brazilians throng streets to greet pope

Legions of pilgrims packed the streets of Rio de Janeiro to greet Pope Francis on Monday, joyfully swarming his car and chanting his name in a country recently rocked by social unrest. The 76-year-old Argentine, making his first trip abroad since becoming the first Latin American pontiff, was surrounded by thousands of cheering faithful as he crossed the Brazilian city in the back of a small four-door car and then an open-top jeep.

Crowds greet pope in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Jul 22 (EFE).- A large crowd received Pope Francis on Monday downtown in this Brazilian metropolis as the pontiff began a week-long visit to take part in the annual World Youth Day event. Thousands of people poured into the streets of downtown Rio to see the pontiff pass by in the popemobile, from which he waved at the public and gave blessings left and right. His ride through town was not on the official agenda, but the Vatican announced Friday that Francis wished to greet the people from the very first day he was in Rio de Janeiro.

Pope sets up body to overhaul Vatican

Pope Francis set up a special commission of lay experts on Friday tasked with overhauling the economic and administrative structure of the Vatican in a radical bid to streamline and clean up the scandal-hit institution. The commission will delve into the workings of the Vatican's bloated departments and draft reforms to tackle instances of favouritism or corruption, as well as simplify procedures, improve transparency and put economic resources to better use.

Pope ditches bullet-proof car for Brazil trip

Pope Francis will ditch the bullet-proof "popemobile" used by his predecessors on his visit to Brazil this month and travel in an open-top jeep, the Vatican said Wednesday. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi also dismissed concerns ahead of the July 22-28 trip about the demonstrations that have recently been rocking Brazil. "We are going to Brazil with confidence in the authorities' ability to manage the situation," he said at a briefing on the upcoming visit -- the pope's first foreign trip since being elected in March.

Massive security awaits pope on Brazil visit

Brazil is rolling out a massive security operation to protect Pope Francis during his visit next week to deter any repetition of last month's social unrest. More than 1.5 million pilgrims from around the world are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro for the July 22-28 visit during World Youth Day (WYD), a major Roman Catholic youth fest. The Defense Ministry, which is coordinating security, is boosting from an initial 8,500 to 10,266 the number of army, air force and navy personnel to be deployed for the high-profile event.

Pope blesses bikers in St Peter's Square

Hundreds of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts from all over the world received the pope's blessing on Sunday, drawing cheers and applause from pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for a pro-life mass. Pope Francis, riding through the throngs aboard his popemobile, made the sign of the cross toward the bikers, who are in Rome as part of the European celebrations of Harley Davidson's 110th anniversary.
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