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JUL 21, 2013 - The Guardian

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Brazil readies for Pope Francis's visit amid uncertain times

Pontiff's tour to country for World Youth Day follows mass protests and comes as number of Catholic followers declinesWith just days to go before Pope Francis takes the stage beneath a 33-metre-high golden cross in front of an expected 2.5 million Catholics, the "Field of Faith" near Rio de Janeiro looked like a building site.Six months ago, this was an uninhabited swamp beside the poor community of Pedra de Guaratiba. Over the weekend, bulldozers tore into the earth as trucks rumbled past carrying stones to lay over the mud that covered large areas of the site.Teams were working day ... Read More

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