Half a million kids at mass on the beaches, and maybe 1.5 million total visitors.
AFP compares the Pope to the Rolling Stones, who also brought huge crowds to the Copacabana, presumably because the reporter thinks a mass worshipping the Lord is the same as a rock concert. But why mass at the beach? Apparently it was scheduled to be in a rural field, but it rained too much...
And then the Pope will lead the "stations of the cross" through the slums of Rio
speech in the slums here.
Luckily we have EWTN to keep us up to date.
every time I see Pope Francis, I think I am looking at good Pope John...both had families from the same area of northern Italy..