Pope John Paul the Second has arrived in Brazil on a twelve-day visit to most populous Roman Catholic country in the world.
GV ROME: PAN Pope John Paul II being greeted by clergy and officials, some of whom kiss his hand in airport lounge before flight to Brazil
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GTV BRAZIL: Rio De Janeiro city and harbour
GV TILT DOWN Statue of Christ overlooking city PAN TO Men working below
GV Chain store with sign outside linking the Pope's visit to itself, and shot of War Memorial with workers erecting platform (2 shots)
GV Stand with posters advertising Pope's visit and plastic bags with Pope's portrait (2 shots)
SV TILT DOWN Posters of Pope to medallion in kiosk
SV AND GVs Shanty-town with new telephone booth (4 shots)
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Background: Pope John Paul the Second has arrived in Brazil on a twelve-day visit to most populous Roman Catholic country in the world. And in his first Mass on Brazilian soil, at Brasilia Airport in the capital, he touched on the politically-sensitive aspect of the visit by referring to inequalities and imbalances in Brazilian society.
SYNOPSIS: The Pope arrived at Rome airport looking fit and health. In his trip to Brazil, he faces the most gruelling of his foreign visits to date. He is scheduled to make many outdoor appearances in a sweltering climate, to visit slums and leper colonies, and to fly into the heart of the Amazon. Before leaving Italy, the Pope countered criticism that he was spending too much time in travel, and not enough on church government, by assessing his nineteen-month pontificate. he said his voyages were visits of faith, love, peace and universal brotherhood. These were his only aims, he said, although some people looked for other motives. On the issue of church unity, he had stressed it was necessary that the dawning of the approaching century should find christians united in full communion.
It's the Pope's seventh trip. This time he is expected to travel about thirty-thousand kilometres (18,500 miles) visiting thirteen cities. But it is what he will do and say out of public view between public appearances that may determine the path of the church in Brazil.
The struggle between Catholic traditionalists and reformers in Brazil has been going on for years. The reformers stand behind social and land reforms for the poor, ad have clashed with the right-wing military government. The Vatican view is that priests must keep out of Politics. But, in Brazil, the church has emerged as the champion of the under-privileged.
In Rio de Janeiro, heavy preparations have been made for the papal visit.
Chain stores have huge slogans announcing the visit, and in the smaller shops, thousand of souvenirs marking the trip are already on sale.
The strong, square features of the Polish-born pontiff have been the most widely-reproduced of any since his visit was announced.
It is in Rio's poorer areas that the church is considered strongest. Many of the country's clergy hope that when the Pope personally sees the miserable squalor in which millions of Brazilians live, he will voice at least some approval of their activist role.