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En route for sainthood, German's road trip in John Paul 'relic'

A German vintage car enthusiast set off Monday in a 1958 Polish-made car that belonged to John Paul II before he became pope, headed for Rome to honour his canonisation. Marek Schramm is an admirer of the late pope and got behind the wheel of the spruced-up FSO Warszawa, sporting a "JP2" license plate, to make the long trip from Berlin to Italy. His itinerary will take in Krakow, the southern Polish city where then Karol Wojtyla was archbishop before his surprise election to the papacy in 1978.

Huge interest for Pope's Harley-Davidson ahead of auction

Move over Popemobile, make way for the "Popebike": a Harley-Davidson that briefly belonged to Pope Francis and is being auctioned off in Paris Thursday has already garnered significant advance interest from around the world. A day ahead of the much-anticipated sale, Bonhams auction house said it had received some 30 purchase orders worth much more than the 12,000 to 15,000 euro ($16,200 to $20,300) valuation of the 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide signed by the pontiff himself.

Priest hitches ride on popemobile during papal audience

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - An Argentine priest hitched a ride on Pope Francis' popemobile during the pontiff's general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday after the pope recognized him in the crowd. The pope thought he had heard a familiar voice when someone shouted out "Holy Father, Happy New Year" as he was driven through a crowd of thousands.

Pope asks youth not to give in to idols of money, power

Aparecida, Brazil, Jul 24 (EFE).- Pope Francis on Wednesday placed his life, his pontificate and the Latin American people under the protection of the Virgin of Aparecida, the patron saint of Brazil, and urged young people to be the architects of a more just world. Two days after arriving in Rio de Janeiro to preside at the 28th World Youth Day event, Francis traveled Wednesday to the town of Aparecida, where he was welcomed by 200,000 people who braved the rainy, chilly conditions currently prevailing in that part of Brazil.

Pope hails Brazil despite raucous welcome

Pope Francis's popularity on his Latin American home turf posed a challenge to Brazilian authorities Tuesday after adoring crowds mobbed his car on his landmark visit to Rio de Janeiro. The fervor that surrounded the pontiff's arrival Monday initially wrong-footed the organizers of the trip, which began with a raucous reception from throngs of cheering pilgrims. Despite heightened security for Latin America's first pope, legions of Roman Catholics were able to block his convoy and reach inside his car's open window.

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.

Security concerns cloud pope's Brazil visit

Brazil scrambled on Tuesday to beef up security around Pope Francis after he was mobbed by adulating crowds upon his arrival on a landmark visit to the country. The fervor and, at times, chaos that surrounded the pontiff on Monday reverberated among the organizers of the trip, which began with a raucous reception from throngs of cheering pilgrims who swarmed his car. Despite heightened security in Rio de Janeiro for Latin America's first pope, legions of Roman Catholics were able to stop his convoy and reach their hands inside his car's open window.

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.
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