Busy Pope Running Staff Ragged
Francis hits beach, then visits Rio slum on foot
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2013 8:23 AM CDT
A gust of wind lifts the cape of Pope Francis as he speaks to the youth gathered at the World Youth Day Welcome Feast on the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)

(Newser) – Pope Francis may be 76, but that's not slowing him down: He's maintaining a schedule so busy—and getting busier—that aides are struggling to keep up, the AP reports. Yesterday, for instance, he had a full day planned in Brazil, then added two extra events, including a morning mass and a cathedral meeting with pilgrims. Vatican workers are "stressed out" by the pope's schedule, but that's not a bad thing, says rep Rev. Federico Lombardi. Still, "I'm happy we're halfway through (the trip), because if it were any longer, I'd be destroyed."

Indeed, bad weather can't stop the pontiff as he celebrates World Youth Day. Yesterday saw him visiting Rio's Copacabana beach, where he was joined by some one million pilgrims despite rain beforehand, the BBC reports. That was after his visit to the slum of Varginha, where he walked on foot, the Telegraph notes. There, he called on residents not to lose hope despite corruption, as he slammed a "culture of selfishness and individualism." "No amount of peace-building will be able to last, nor will harmony and happiness be attained in a society that ignores, pushes to the margins, or excludes a part of itself," he said, per the Guardian. "Our community was forgotten for a long time," a local carpenter told NBC News. "I hope with the pope's visit we can have some improvement."

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Jul 27, 2013 3:19 PM CDT
Pope is a great person, but he won't be able to change the world by himself. To all of you insulting Catholics, let me point one thing to you. Only in this retarded, ef'd up country full of perverts we had the largest abuse. Even if you take the whole world and add them against the perverts living here it still will be only a fraction. So what does it tell you about people living here... bunch of psycho's, nothing else.
Jul 26, 2013 10:56 PM CDT
Varginha was hot and wet
Jul 26, 2013 12:01 PM CDT
Wait, the Pope is allowed to move out of that gold chair or off the balcony?