Pope Francis is traveling toward the city of Aparecida for his first major event in Brazil. Francis is on his first international trip as pontiff
The image of the Virgin of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint, emblazons bumper stickers, presides over shops and dangles from gold chains around women's necks all over this continent-sized country. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the statue of this particular Brazilian Mary
Brazilian security forces blamed each other for the mob scenes that erupted around Pope Francis when he was dogged by a frantic crowd of faithful Catholics after his arrival in the country.