Pope's Brazil Mass: Sorry, No Masks
Authorities fear protest reprise
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2013 5:37 AM CDT
Pope Francis holds his pastoral staff, made from recycled wood from broken migrant boats, at the end of a Mass during his visit to the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(Newser) – A month after Brazil saw widespread unrest, Pope Francis is headed to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day (which is actually a week long). With more than a million attendees expected, authorities aren't taking any chances. Demonstrators wore Guy Fawkes masks during June's protests; at a Mass the pope will say, masks are banned, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, 7,000 troops will keep an eye on things at that event, and people with a "hostile attitude" will be denied entry. Poster-carrying, however, will be allowed; several protests are already planned, and some 35,000 security forces will take part across the week. (Follow the event on Twitter and get to heaven faster.)

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Spudsy
Jul 19, 2013 4:23 PM CDT
Guys in dresses with pyramid hats are okay.
Bombasticblast760
Jul 19, 2013 3:28 PM CDT
Maybe the pope will canonize Guy Fawkes??? Could Happen?
kj_nm
Jul 19, 2013 12:00 PM CDT
no masks, but because the pope gets to wear silly hats, they're planning on a silly hat day for everybody