The pope’s Brazilian security people have raised his risk from medium to high after his motorcade took a wrong turn on his first day in town and ended up engulfed by a swarm of people.
When it comes to papal security, it’s ‘look but don’t touch.’
Well, that’s not always true.
The pope had a touchy-feely meet-and-greet with the faithful who came to see him celebrate mass at the national shrine to the Virgin Mary at Aparecida , just outside of Rio de Janiero. This is the place where police found a small, homemade bomb in a bathroom.
Thousands of people stood in the rain for a chance to see the pope.
This is his first visit to Brazil, and it coincides with the start of World Youth Day, an international festival that expects to have 1.5 million attendees. The festival ends Sunday with a mass on Rio’s Copacabana Beach.
But something tells us it won’t be like when the Rolling Stones played to a million-and-a-half fans there.