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Pope Benedict in Brazil: Friday roundup May 11, 2007

After addressing the Brazilian bishops at a Friday-afternoon Vespers service, Pope Benedict XVI was due to head to the famous Marian shrine at Aparecida, where he will preside at the opening of the 5th general assembly of the Latin American bishops' conference on Sunday, May 13.

The Holy Father began his second full day in Brazil with the canonization of the 18th-century Franciscan friar known as Frei Galvao, in an outdoor ceremony attended by nearly 1 million people at the Campo de Marte airfield near Sao Paulo. (See today's separate CWN headline story.)

After a quiet lunch and a short rest at the Sao Bento monastery where he had spent the previous two nights, the Pontiff was to join the Brazilian bishops for Vespers in the Sao Paulo cathedral, speaking to the hierarchy there.

Then the Pope was scheduled to return to Campo de Marte, where he would board a helicopter flight for Aparecida. Landing at the site of Brazil's most beloved Marian shrine, where he was to be greeted by local authorities, Pope Benedict was to travel by open car to the Bom Jesus seminary on the grounds of the shrine, where he will spend the night.

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