Pope not concerned about protests in Brazil before visit

Bulletproof pope-mobile 'not necessary'

Pope not concerned about protests in Brazil before visit

(ANSA) – Vatican City, July 17 – Pope Francis and the Vatican are aware but not worried about demonstrations and social unrest in Brazil during the days leading up to World Youth Day, a spokesman said Wednesday. "We are going with total peace of mind, knowing that these events do not have anything specific against the Pope or the Church and having total confidence in the ability of the Brazilian authorities to handle the situation," Father Federico Lombardi told reporters during a briefing ahead of the pope's visit to Rio di Janeiro for the youth day event. Francis will travel to Brazil next week, from July 22 to 28. The Vatican is shipping two customized cars - one green and one white – that he uses in St. Peter's Square for the pope's public appearances, said Lombardi. But a reinforced, bullet-proof 'pope-mobile' will not be used, the spokesman added. Brazil has seen some of its most widespread demonstrations in more than 20 years over the past month, against a series of transport-fare increases, corruption, and concerns over the cost of major events such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Both of those events are being hosted by Rio de Janeiro.

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