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Papal Schedule in Brazil Finalized

Will Meet Youth and Open General Conference of Latin American Episcopate

BRASILIA, Brazil, FEB. 5, 2007 (Zenit) - The Brazilian bishops' conference has announced the finalized schedul for Benedict XVI's trip to that country in May.

There, the Holy Father will open the 5th General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America.

According to Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo, archbishop of Săo Salvador da Bahia, the Bishop of Rome will arrive in Săo Paulo on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 9.

The next day, he will attend an afternoon meeting with young people in the Pacaembu Stadium.

On May 11 in the morning, the Pope will preside over Mass with the country's bishops in Campo de Marte, and in the afternoon he will meet with the prelates in the cathedral of Săo Paulo.

The Pontiff will then travel to the southeastern city of Aparecida.

On Saturday, May 12, in the morning, he will visit a "Fazenda da Esperanca" (Farm of Hope) in Guaratingueta. These "fazendas" are centers for the rehabilitation of drug addicts and are present in several countries. The initiative began in the Brazilian state of Săo Paulo.

At 6 p.m. on the same day, Benedict XVI will pray the rosary with the faithful in the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida.

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 13, the Pontiff will preside at Mass and at 4 p.m. will open the working sessions of the 5th General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America.

That night, he will travel to Guarulhos International Airport for his return trip to Rome.

The bishops who will participate in the conference -- who represent the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Spain and Portugal -- pastor almost half of the world's Catholics.

One objective of the conference is to address the phenomenon of Latin American faithful who abandon Catholicism.

To date, four general conferences have been held in Latin America: in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1955; in Medellin, Colombia, in 1968; in Puebla, Mexico, in 1979; and in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, in 1992.


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