Rio De Janeiro-
Pope Francis makes his first Western visit with a very poignant tour of a country that has had extraordinary struggles within the past year. The Brazilian citizenry has been dealing with rampant corruption and inefficiency of government, which have provoked violent protests that have ravaged cities. Brazil’s populous has been faulted, hence it has depleted its trust in its own nation and leaders; an outpouring of government funds, have recently been frivolously spent on sprucing of Brazil’s facet, instead of helping cure the lands poverty.
By marking his journey with an expedition to the ‘favelas’ or shantytowns of Brazil, Pope Francis made a statement to the world… that we must reach out to those less fortunate. ‘El Papa’ was a true example of ‘the peoples pope’, exemplified by his tenacity and willingness to ride around town in an open- air car, walking through the neighborhoods and even openly embracing his onlookers.
Francis’ week long trip to Brazil came in an effort to reinvigorate the youth of South America and the world in the light of the Lord. ‘World Youth Day’ is a pilgrimage meant to create common bonds between youth from around the globe, occurring on average every three- years. Pope Francis brought upwards of 1 million young Roman Catholics to the Copacabana beach in Rio De Janeiro.
The Mass, which was conducted on the beach Thursday evening, was meant to correlate the energy and excitement of today’s young people for worldly matters into a more positive light… their faith. His message came with a sense of urgency to re- mold the road ahead for generations to come. You see, he explained that by leaving behind the overwhelming sense of materialism that is a cultural prevalence for our youth, we may begin to see a better world.
“No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that remain in the world, every body according to his or her particular opportunities and responsibilities, should be able to make a personal contribution to putting an end to so many social injustices. The culture of selfishness and individualism that often prevails in our society is not what builds up and leads us to a more habitable world, it is the culture of solidarity that does so.” – Pope Francis