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VATICAN CITY---Pope Francis will
visit the poor in a favela and meet
young prisoners when he travels to
Brazil on his first international trip
as pontiff in July, the Vatican said on
Francis, who has said he wants to
make concern for the poor a hallmark
of his papacy, will visit the Manguinhos
slum in Rio de Janeiro on the fourth
day of his July 22-29 trip to the world s
largest Catholic country. Manguinhos
is one of Rio s most visible favelas,
wedged between a busy highway and
a former oil refinery and near the main
airport and large military bases.
The shantytown, which the pope will
visit on July 25, had a long history of
drug-related violence, but a police
occupation late last year kicked out
many of the drug and gun traffickers.
Manguinhos, home to about 35,000
poor people, is one of the communities
that have been part of a community
policing operation that has reduced
violence in the shantytowns of Rio de
The pope will also meet young pris-
oners who will be brought to the arch-
bishop s residence for the occasion.
The main purpose of the trip is for
the pope to preside at the Catholic
Church s World Day of Youth, an inter-
national gathering sometimes dubbed
a "Catholic Woodstock" that takes place
in a different city every two years.
The World Day of Youth celebrations
start on July 23 and end on July 28.
Francis, the first non-European pope
in 1,300 years on, arrives on the after-
noon of July 22 and will rest the next
day to overcome jet lag, according to
the official programme of the trip
released by the Vatican.
On July 24, he will fly by helicopter
to the city of Aparacida, 150 miles
southwest of Rio de Janeiro, to visit the
national shrine of Our Lady of Aparaci-
da, whom the Church honours at the
patroness of Brazil.
That evening he visits a hospital in
Rio that treats Aids patients.
The pope s participation in World
Youth Day starts on July 25 in Rio s
famed Copacabana Beach area and cul-
minates with a huge open-air Mass in
the Guaratiba area of the city on July
28. The trip is expected to be the only
one abroad for the pope this year. The
former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of
Buenos Aires is expected to visit his
homeland early next year. (Reuters)
Pope to visit Rio
slum on first trip
VATICAN CITY---Pope Francis
has told nuns from around the
world that they must be spiritual
mothers and not "old maids."
Francis also warned the sisters
against using their vocations for
personal ambition, saying priests
and sisters who do so "do more
harm to the church."
Francis has complained fre-
quently about such "careerism"
in the church---a buzzword that
is frequently used to describe Holy
The pope made the comments
during an audience yesterday with
800 sisters attending an assembly
of the International Union of
Superiors General, which gathers
the leaders of women s religious
orders from some 75 countries.
The meeting came before Fran-
cis general audience in St Peter s
Square, where in a break with tra-
dition, he walked around a quad-
rant of the square greeting pil-
Pope Francis to nuns: Don't be old maids
SAN JUAN---Catholics in Puerto Rico
are rallying around an archbishop who
is reportedly under pressure from the
Vatican to resign.
Roberto Gonzalez Nieves has not
confirmed that he is being asked to
step down as leader of the Catholic
church in the US island territory. How-
ever, he has asked parishioners to pray
for him and stop sending letters on his
behalf to the Vatican.
Church members planned a demon-
stration yesterday to show support for
the archbishop. A letter allegedly written
by Gonzalez to the Vatican was pub-
lished by local radio station Noti Uno.
In it, he defends himself against accu-
sations that he protected priests accused
of sexual abuse and meddled in local
The authenticity of the letter hasn t
been confirmed, and the Vatican has
not responded to requests to comment.
Puerto Rico Catholics
VATICAN CITY---The Vatican signed
an agreement with the US Treasury
Department on Tuesday to exchange
financial information as part of its
efforts to comply with international
anti-money laundering and anti-ter-
ror financing norms.
It s the fourth such agreement inked
by the Holy See as it seeks to improve
its reputation in global financial circles
following a series of scandals at its bank
and a money laundering investigation
launched in 2010 by Rome prosecutors.
The agreement was signed Tuesday
in Washington by Rene Bruelhart, direc-
tor of the Vatican s financial watchdog
agency, and Jennifer Shasky Calvery,
head of the Treasury Department s
financial crimes enforcement network,
the Vatican said in a statement.
Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 created
Bruelhart s agency, the Financial Intel-
ligence Authority, and issued new laws
to fight money laundering and terrorist
financing in a bid to shed the Vatican
bank s image as a tax haven that for
decades had been mired in secrecy and
The Holy See also submitted itself
to the Council of Europe s Moneyval
evaluation process, which assesses
countries compliance with anti-money
laundering and anti-terror financing
norms established by the Financial
Action Task Force, the Paris-based pol-
The Vatican in July passed Moneyval s
first evaluation, but received poor or
failing grades for its financial watchdog
agency and its bank.
In a statement, Bruelhart said the
agreement was proof that the Vatican
takes its responsibilities to fight money
laundering seriously. (AP)
Vatican, US Treasury agree
to share financial data
Pope Francis exchanges skull caps with a young girl after stepping out
of his pope-mobile to walk the last part of his way to the altar, to
deliver his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square at the
Vatican, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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