Some might say Pope Francis was received as a kind of rockstar during his trip to Brazil. His first overseas trip ended Sunday as he took off from Rio de Janeiro with one of the largest papal Masses; 3 million people.
According to Vatican officials, they were pleased with the Brazil trip. The Argentine-born Pope attracted large, supportive crowds which surrounded his popemobile. He met with young prisoners, drug addicts and slum-dwellers, along with presidents, cardinals and Brazil’s elite, the LA Times reported.
The Pope’s goal is to revitalize the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America – restoring faith in the people. “Bringing the Gospel is bringing God’s power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers and selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world,” he said.