Pope John Paul the second, who has spoken out strongly against poverty throughout the first week of his Brazilian tour has bluntly told the country's rich and powerful that they should introduce sweeping social reforms.
GV Church in Curitiba, Brazil, overlooking site of open air Mass PAN TO thousands of worshippers attending
GV ZOOM TO SV Pope John Paul II walks along ramp and stops to recognise child
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SV Pope involved in ceremony on dais
GV Pope at door of aircraft at airport in Salvador, Brazil and descending steps
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GV Pope and greeting party endermic and enters truck transport
SVs People at roadside greet Pope as motorcade passes
GV Church AND TILT TO crowds waving as Pope arrives and gets out of vehicle
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Background: Pope John Paul the second, who has spoken out strongly against poverty throughout the first week of his Brazilian tour has bluntly told the country's rich and powerful that they should introduce sweeping social reforms. If changes were not made, he said, the administration would face the threat of violence.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (6 July) the Pope celebrated open-air Mass in the prosperous southern city of Curitiba. He was greeted by a huge crowd which packed the local football stadium.
In his sermon here he hailed Brazil's racial harmony and said he hoped the country would make a special effort for its indigenous Indian population. Curitiba is inhabited almost exclusively by Brazilians of European origin.
He told the four hundred thousand-strong congregation that of all the beauties in Brazil there was none more touching and significant than that of the concord in which the most varied races lived together.
When he arrived at the stadium he watched people in national costume performing polkas and other folk dances before greeting people from the city's ethnic minorities. He praised the way in which South America's largest country has absorbed and welcomed its ethnic groups.
He was greeted with the same enthusiasm in the ancient cit of Salvador later in the day but here he had a very different message. He told Brazil's rich and powerful that they should introduce social reforms to help the poor or face the threat of violence. In a speech to a meeting of industrialists, businessmen, politicians and educators he said justice would either he achieved through brave reforms which respected man's dignity or by violence without lasing results or benefits for mankind.
Any society which did not wish to be destroyed from within must establish a just social order, he said. It was the Pope's strongest message so far on his twelve-day Brazilian tour in which he has continually drawn attendant the plight of Brazil's poor and hungry. The 60-year-old Pontiff reaffirmed his view that the church should not play politics but said that it would paly an important social role in Brazil.
During his stay in Salvador the Pope met some of Brazil's poorest people who live in slums made from discarded wood and metal. Salvador is in the poorest part of Brazil where drought, land tenure problems and under-development have forced millions of illiterate and unskilled peasants to move south. It's herein the northeast that the Pope will spend the rest of his visit.