Pope Francis made his first foreign trip as pope to Brazil to celebrate World Youth Days there. France 3 was there covering the visit among the media from around the world. It looked at Catholic strategy to keep church attendance up, faced with other churches.
The world’s most Catholic population is gripped by a great social anger. On Monday night in Rio, protesters condemned taxpayer-funded spending on the World Youth Days and the pope’s visit: 40 m euros. Italy’s Rai Uno filmed the final preparations.
The artist pope, or Brazil’s Michelangelo, that’s what Claudio Pastro’s known as – a famous designer, specialising in religious objects. At 65, he’s been preparing the gold and silver for the religious ceremony to be presided over by Pope Francis during World Youth Days.
Young people have been fascinated by Francis’s style, approachable, friend of the poor, marvelling at young Catholics. The last World Youth Days were in Madrid, two years ago. This time, Spaniards were happy to cross the ocean to meet him, Spanish TVE reported.