Pope John Paul the Second, continuing his 12-day visit to Brazil held a critical meeting with workers in Sao Paulo on Thursday (3 July).
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Background: Pope John Paul the Second, continuing his 12-day visit to Brazil held a critical meeting with workers in Sao Paulo on Thursday (3 July). He delivered a strong attack on their working and living conditions.
SYNOPSIS: In an address to about 150-thousand workers and union representatives, the Pope defended the right of Brazilian workers to seek fair wages and condemned living conditions which he said destroyed al respect for the human person. Sao Paulo was the scene of a recent church-backed strike of metal workers in which union leaders were jailed and ousted from their posts by the government.
The Pontiff was frequently interrupted by applause and cheering from the excited crowed. He said the church endorsed the right of workers to form free associations and went on to denounce living and working conditions. He strong words were welcomed by church officials in Sao Paulo.
Correspondents says that virtually every Brazilian is responding to the Pope's visit. They believe the government may be moved to change social policies by what the Pontiff is saying.