Pope's Brazil Mass: Sorry, No Masks

Authorities fear protest reprise

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 19, 2013 5:37 AM CDT

(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.)

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.
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)
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