July trip to Brazil tailored to new pope

A view shows the the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil. Pope Francis intends to visit the shrine during his visit to Brazil in July.

CNS PHOTO | ROOSEVELT CASSIO, REUTERS

A view shows the the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil. Pope Francis intends to visit the shrine during his visit to Brazil in July.

May 6, 2013

Visiting Rio de Janeiro, the chief organizer of papal trips confirmed Pope Francis will participate in the key events of World Youth Day July 23-28, and he said other parts of the papal trip are being tailor-made for the new pope.

Alberto Gasbarri, the Vatican official who has worked on organizing papal trips since the pontificate of Blessed John Paul II, said, “We had a program fixed between October and November of last year, but a little detail changed – we have a new pope.

The program will be updated” to fit the ideas and style of Pope Francis, Gasbarri said in a statement released by the Brazilian bishops’ conference April 24.