Pope draws 3 million for Rio vigil after chastising Brazil church for failing to stem exodus

  • Article by: JENNY BARCHFIELD , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 8:00 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis drew a reported 3 million flag-waving, rosary-toting faithful to Rio's Copacabana beach on Saturday for the final evening of World Youth Day, hours after he chastised the Brazilian church for failing to stem the "exodus" of Catholics to evangelical congregations.

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markythomJul. 27, 13 8:32 AM

Always thought that was their mission.

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furguson11Jul. 27, 13 8:47 AM

I left the Catholic Church for another denomination awhile ago. I'm impressed that he's encouraging Bishops to walk the walk.

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kieronJul. 27, 13 8:58 AM

"They too are invited to the table of the Lord." I would be slightly more impressed if, in fact, he and the rest of them didn't keep insisting that it's right, good and correct to keep GLBT folks among the marginalized and outcast. Makes the message ring a bit hollow.

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owatonnabillJul. 27, 1311:33 AM

What could be more in the spirit of true Christianity? Owatonnabill has always seen the true "Jesus" as the guy whose first miracle was whomping up a bleepload of hooch for the tipsy guests at a wedding in Cana, who hung out on the docks with fishermen, longshoremen and hookers, and who kicked the butts of profiteers out of the temple with the closest whip he could find. Francis is right. The true Faithful are not the ersatz nobility in their robes and Mercedes'. The true Faithful are those who live from hand to mouth with little more than their faith to give them any kind of hope. This guy knows what it's all about.

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DufferHJul. 27, 13 3:50 PM

AP: Pentecostals are under the umbrella of protestantism. They are not two separate groups.

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