Brazil greets Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro

23 July 2013 14:01
Rio de Janeiro (QHA) - Pope
Francis has arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to take part in the XXVIII World
Youth Day to be attended by an estimated two million young people, Vatican
Radio informs.

This visit
marks the first foreign journey of this Latin American Pontiff. The first Latin
American Pope toured Rio de Janeiro in an open car and then met President Dilma
Rousseff at the state governor's palace.

After he
left, police fired tear gas to disperse protests against both the government
and the cost of the visit, CNN reports.

It was the
latest rally against what the protesters described as endemic government
corruption across the country. But some were also unhappy about $53m (£34m) in
public fund being spent for the visit.

The authorities have increased security during the Pope's seven-day
visit, following weeks of nationwide protests against corruption and bad

Main events
to be attended by the Pope in Brazil include:  

Visit to
the Shrine of Our Lady of the Conception of Aparecida and to the St Francis of
Assisi of the Providence of God Hospital in Rio

Visit to
the Varginha community in Rio, welcoming ceremony at the World Youth Day on

with young prisoners and a Way of the Cross ceremony on Copacabana

with Brazil's leaders in Rio and a prayer vigil with young people

Holy Mass for
the World Youth Day in Rio