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JUL 18, 2013 - The Economist

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Religion in Brazil: Earthly concerns

ABOUT 40% of the world’s Roman Catholics live in Latin America and 123m of them in Brazil, more than in any other country. So it is doubly fitting that Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope, should make his debut as a foreign traveller by spending a week in Brazil from July 22nd. The trip, to mark the church’s World Youth Day, was scheduled before the elevation of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, to the papacy. But it is likely to set the tone of his tenure in the Vatican.Unlike Pope Benedict, who spent most of his last visit to Brazil with bishops, Francis ... Read More

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