Residents talk in front of a chapel in the Manguinhos complex of slums in Rio de Janeiro, where Pope Francis is expected to visit July 25.

CNS PHOTO | RICARDO MORAES, REUTERS

Residents talk in front of a chapel in the Manguinhos complex of slums in Rio de Janeiro, where Pope Francis is expected to visit July 25.

May 27, 2013

Pope Francis will meet slum-dwellers and powerful politicians, pay homage at a Marian shrine and celebrate at World Youth Day when he visits Brazil in late July.

The Argentine pope's first international trip, which will take him to his native Latin America, was planned under retired Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Francis will fly to Rio de Janeiro July 22 and spend his six-day visit in or around the city, except for half a day in Aparecida where he will pray in the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida.

In Rio, the pope will visit a hospital and a notorious "favela" slum, meet Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, Latin American bishops and juvenile offenders, and address what the Vatican's official itinerary describes as the "ruling class of Brazil."

The largest part of Pope Francis' time will be devoted to World Youth Day events.