教宗对巴西展开为期一周的访问 Pope Poised to Open Weeklong Visit to Brazil

教宗方济星期一将开始对巴西进行为期一周的访问。巴西是世界上天主教徒最多的国家,近几个星期来,巴西各地爆发了反政府抗议活动。

预计将有1百多万年轻天主教徒前往里约热内卢欢迎这位新教宗。教宗的日程包括会晤巴西政府和地方官员,并参加星期四与世界青年日有关的庆祝活动。

此外,教宗还将在里约热内卢的一座监狱与年轻囚犯们见面,并参观今年早些时候巴西警方和军队基本将贩毒者清除的贫民区。教宗还将为里约热内卢一家医院的戒毒中心主持开张仪式,并前往阿帕雷西达圣母教堂做祈祷。

曾经担任阿根廷天主教主教的教宗方济将受到巴西总统罗塞夫的迎接。

Pope Francis on Monday opens a weeklong visit to Brazil -- the world's largest Roman Catholic country that has in recent weeks been swept up in waves of anti-government protests.

More than 1 million young Catholics are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the new pope. His itinerary includes meetings with local and national leaders and events connected to Thursday's celebration of World Youth Day.

The pontiff's schedule also includes a meeting with young inmates at a Rio prison, and a visit to shantytowns largely cleared of drug traffickers earlier this year by police and the Brazilian army.  He also will inaugurate a Rio hospital wing for the treatment of drug addicts, and will pray at a shrine to Our Lady of Aparecida -- the patron saint of Brazil. 

The former Argentine Cardinal will be welcomed to the country by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.