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Pope fears for jobless generation on flight to Brazil

Pontiff's visit includes stop in favela

Pope fears for jobless generation on flight to Brazil

(see related) Rome, July 22 - Pope Francis said Monday that "because of the (economic) crisis an entire generation risks never working". Speaking from his flight towards Brazil for World Youth Day, the pontiff said that "the possibility to earn one's daily bread, and gain personal dignity, comes from work". The Argentine pope criticised a "throw-away culture" and urged people to seek a "culture of inclusion". Francis departed for the South American country from Rome's Fiumicino Airport on his first international trip as pontiff to spend a week there, where he aims to encourage young people "to be witnesses of hope and makers of peace," according to a message sent to President Giorgio Napolitano. The world's first Latin American pope also left Italians with his "most fervent wishes of happiness and faith in the future". The pope tweeted his excitement over his ensuing arrival in Brazil after departing Rome. "Shortly after departing I am arriving in Brazil in a few hours and my heart is already full of joy because soon I will be with you to celebrate the 28th World Youth Day," said the pope using his @Pontifex Twitter account. His scheduled arrival time in Rio de Janeiro is 4pm local time after a 12 hour flight. He will return July 28. The welcoming ceremony will take place an hour later in the gardens of the Guanabara Palace, seat of the state's government, where Francis will be greeted by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Francis will then have two days rest to recover from jet lag in a residence, where he will stay in a room used by ordinary priests. On Wednesday July 24, WYD officially kicks off with activities and events. Pope Francis will travel by helicopter to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Conception of Aparecida, where he will celebrate Mass and then have lunch with the bishops of the province and seminarians in the Bon Jesus Seminary of Aparecida. He will then return to Rio in the evening and visit the St. Francis of Assisi of the Providence of God Hospital. On Thursday, 25 July, he will celebrate a private mass at the president's Sumaré residence, receive the city keys and then bless the Olympic flags at the City Palace of Rio de Janeiro. The pope has also scheduled a visit to one of the city's favelas, where he will give a speech. Shortly after, he will take part in the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony on Copacabana beachfront. On Friday, 26 July the pope will hear the confession of some youth participating in WYD ahead of a Via Crucis procession along Copacabana beachfront later in the day. Francis will also meet some young prisoners in the Archbishopric of St. Joaquin. On Saturday, 27 July, WYD will officially open with a Mass celebrated with the bishops and with priests and seminarians in Rio de Janeiro's St Sebastian Cathedral. Later in the morning he will meet Brazil's leaders at the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro then lunch with the cardinals of Brazil, the presidency of the national conference of bishops of Brazil and bishops from the region in the refectory of the Sumare' Study Centre. To close the day, Pope Francis will hold a prayer vigil with young people at Campus Fidei in Guaratiba. On Sunday, 28 July, the pope will celebrate Mass for WYD at the Campus Fidei then meet with the coordinating committee of CELAM (Latin American Episcopal Conference) at the Sumare' Study Center. A farewell ceremony will take place at the Galeao-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport before the pope's return to Rome's Fiumicino Airport, with his flight set to land in the Italian capital on Monday, 29 July, at around 11:30 local time.

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