July 26 - Pope Francis urged young prisoners in Rio de Janeiro to avoid violence during a meeting with them. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In keeping with his mission to reach out to the young, both faithful and troubled, Pope Francis took time on Friday (July 26) to meet and speak with young prisoners in Rio de Janeiro. His message to the thankful prisoners, both male and female, was one of love and a complete abandonment of all forms of violence. The meeting took place at Sao Joaquim Palace, the official residence of Rio's archbishop Orani Tempesta. Friday marked Pope Francis' fifth day in Brazil. The newly-elected pontiff is in Brazil, his first trip abroad as pope, for World Youth Day festivities. The international gathering World Youth Day is a Catholic confab that has attracted more than 1 million faithful to Rio. Friday's plans began with the hearing of confessions five fortunate youngsters in northern Rio and will end with the pope presiding over a major event on Rio's famed Copacabana beach for the second night in a row. Pope Francis is in Rio until July 28 in his only scheduled trip abroad for this year.