Waving goodbye to Brazil, it was a trip to remember for the first Latin American head of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis’s five-day visit to the country had aimed to breathe new life into the institution.
Before jetting off to Rome, the pope announced the next World Youth Day will be held in the Polish city of Krakow in 2016. Thanking this year’s event volunteers he urged them to go against the grain in a Christian way.“Be revolutionaries. I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel. That you rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility.”
The pope’s message resonated with those who had also taken part in massive street protests against corruption, the misuse of public money and the high cost of living in the weeks before his visit.
The Pope promised to return to Brazil in 2017 which may be no suprise after the reception he had for the World Youth Day Mass. Rio’s famous copacabana beach was dubbed ‘popacabana’ after an estimated 3 million flooded the beach.