Pope John Paul the Second on Wednesday (2 July) spoke out against disparity between the rich and poor people from a slum in Rio de Janeiro.
GV Pope John Paul the Second in open truck at Favela of Vidigal.
GV AND & SV Dancers at roadside. (2 SHOTS)
GTV & ZOOM TO Crowds on rooftops.
SV PAN TO Pope speaking outside newly built chapel and crowds listening.
GV Pope leaving and waving and cheering. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Pope John Paul the Second on Wednesday (2 July) spoke out against disparity between the rich and poor people from a slum in Rio de Janeiro. Then, in an unpre??? symbolic gesture he have his ring to a parish priest. The Pope was on the third day of his twelve-day Brazilian tour.
SYNOPSIS: The Pope visited one of Rio de Janeiro's worse slums at Vidigal, part of which had been decorated with new telephone boxes and power lines especially for his visit.
The people responded by trying to rush through police lines to kiss his hands. Local residents gave him an accompaniment of samba music as the procession wound its way through the shacks.
Only two hundred of the Vidigal's fifteen thousand citizens were allowed to get close to the Pope because of the narrowness of the streets.
Moved and angered by the sight of crumbling shacks on the hillsides the Pope promised that the church would fight against poverty and social inequality.
Before he left the Pope removed the cross-shaped ring he had worn on his right hand since becoming Pontiff in 1978. He said that while the church wished to leave politics to politicians its role lay in serving the cause of justice. He gave the right to parish priest Italo Coelho who has been working in Vidigal helping to build the chapel to Saint Francis of Assisi.