Pope Francis arrives Monday evening in Rio de Janeiro for a weeklong visit celebrating World Youth Day. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics have made the pilgrimage to see the Argentine-born pontiff, and he is expected to receive a rapturous welcome, informs WGCU News.
More than 1 million people are expected to pack the white sands of Copacabana to celebrate Mass with Francis. He also will visit a tiny chapel in a trash-strewn slum, and grassroots Catholics love that he plans a side trip to venerate Brazil's patron saint, according to Kansas.com.
Some 22,000 security staff will be on duty during the visit of the Pope, who is not using his armoured Popemobile. Ahead of his week-long trip, the pontiff called on his followers to join him spiritually on his journey through prayer, says TVNZ.