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Brazil: Police gear up for Pope's visit to Rio

Brazil, Rio
July 22, 2013 at 19:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Brazil: Police gear up for Pope's visit to Rio

Rio de Janerio braces itself for the first official visit of the Pope to Latin America, with preparations being made at the chosen vigil spot. A stage holding a 108 ft high golden crucifix at the 'Field of Faith' location will welcome the head of the Catholic Church to speak to an expected 2.5 million people near Rio de Janeiro. Over the weekend tractors pushed away soil at the Pedra de Guaratiba site to make way for stones to overlay as new, fresh ground, with some of the 60,000 volunteers working throughout the night to create a place of religious sacrament.

The Pope's first international trip since becoming the head of the Holy See back in March is part of World Youth Day celebrations, where an array of events to honour Palm Sunday are being held across Rome and Brazil. At the Field of Faith stage, golden arches symbolising hands in prayer have been put in place to overlook the Pope when he addresses the crowd, many of whom will have travelled up to 13 kilometres to reach there by walking along a highway. To quench the thirst and hunger of the travelling pilgrims, fast-food restaurant McDonalds has been chosen as one of the official suppliers to supply meals.

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Brazil: Police gear up for Pope's visit to Rio

Rio de Janerio braces itself for the first official visit of the Pope to Latin America, with preparations being made at the chosen vigil spot. A stage holding a 108 ft high golden crucifix at the 'Field of Faith' location will welcome the head of the Catholic Church to speak to an expected 2.5 million people near Rio de Janeiro. Over the weekend tractors pushed away soil at the Pedra de Guaratiba site to make way for stones to overlay as new, fresh ground, with some of the 60,000 volunteers working throughout the night to create a place of religious sacrament.

The Pope's first international trip since becoming the head of the Holy See back in March is part of World Youth Day celebrations, where an array of events to honour Palm Sunday are being held across Rome and Brazil. At the Field of Faith stage, golden arches symbolising hands in prayer have been put in place to overlook the Pope when he addresses the crowd, many of whom will have travelled up to 13 kilometres to reach there by walking along a highway. To quench the thirst and hunger of the travelling pilgrims, fast-food restaurant McDonalds has been chosen as one of the official suppliers to supply meals.

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