Religion: Building Bridges in Brazil

John Paul II arouses fervor and preaches justice and unity

At a Mass near the mouth of the Amazon, the white-robed celebrant blessed pythons, tortoises and wild boars. During a motorcade through the city of Salvador on Brazil's coast, crowds threw flowers, danced sambas and fired off skyrockets. Some Brazilians spent hours in drenching rain or under a blazing sun just for a glimpse of Pope John Paul II. As in Zaïre last May, the papal pandemonium also produced tragedy; three people were trampled to death and 30 injured during a stampede into a...

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