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Pope decries money 'idol' in first Brazil mass

Pope Francis led Wednesday his first mass since returning to his native Latin America, warning the faithful against "ephemeral idols" like money and power at Brazil's most revered shrine. Some 200,000 pilgrims who braved rain and cold cheered when the pope arrived at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Sao Paulo state and entered its grandiose basilica. "What joy I feel as I come to the house of the mother of every Brazilian, the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida," he said in his homily after receiving and holding in his arms a black statue of the venerated Virgin Mary.

Pope decries money, power 'idols' in first Brazil mass

Pope Francis led Wednesday his first large mass since returning to his native Latin America, decrying "ephemeral idols" like money and power at Brazil's most revered shrine. "It is true that nowadays, to some extent, everyone, including our young people, feels attracted by the many idols which take the place of God and appear to offer hope: money, success, power, pleasure," he said at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida basilica. "Often a growing sense of loneliness and emptiness in the hearts of many people leads them to seek satisfaction in these ephemeral idols," he said.

Pope decries money, power 'idols' in first Brazil mass

Pope Francis led Wednesday his first large mass since returning to his native Latin America, decrying "ephemeral idols" like money and power at Brazil's most revered shrine. "It is true that nowadays, to some extent, everyone, including our young people, feels attracted by the many idols which take the place of God and appear to offer hope: money, success, power, pleasure," he said at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida basilica. bur-lth/jm

Pope decries money, power 'idols' in first Brazil mass

Pope Francis led Wednesday his first large mass since returning to his native Latin America, decrying "ephemeral idols" like money and power at Brazil's most revered shrine. Thousands of pilgrims had braved the cold and rain hours before the Argentine-born pontiff joined them at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in the state of Sao Paulo. "What joy I feel as I come to the house of the mother of every Brazilian, the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida," Pope Francis said in the grandiose basilica after arriving from Rio de Janeiro by plane.

Pope to say mass at Brazil's Catholic shrine

Argentine-born Pope Francis arrived Wednesday at Brazil's most revered shrine, where tens of thousand of pilgrims braved rain and cold to hear his first mass in Latin America. A helicopter carried the pope to the shrine from Rio de Janeiro, where he arrived Monday to attend World Youth Day, a major Catholic fest. Pilgrims spent the night in the streets despite the foul weather, hoping for a glimpse of the first Latin American and Jesuit pontiff.

Explosive found at Brazil shrine before pope trip

A homemade explosive device was discovered in the bathroom of the parking garage of the Brazilian shrine that Pope Francis will visit this week, the military said Monday. The military said the device was destroyed after its discovery on Sunday at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida between Rio and Sao Paulo, which the pope is due to visit on Wednesday. A Sao Paulo military police spokesman told AFP that the explosive was "insignificant, of low power" and that it was not in an area that the pope or pilgrims would have gone to.

Explosive found at Brazil shrine before pope trip

A homemade explosive device was discovered in the bathroom of the parking garage of the Brazilian shrine that Pope Francis will visit this week, the military said Monday. The military said the device was destroyed after its discovery at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida between Rio and Sao Paulo, which the pope is due to visit on Wednesday. ym/lth/jk

Aparecida: Brazil's most revered Catholic pilgrimage site

The Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, which Pope Francis will visit next week, is the top pilgrimage site in Brazil, the world's largest Catholic country. Halfway between Sao Paulo and Rio, the shrine houses a famous 18th-century clay statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the traditional form of the Immaculate Conception.
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