The bulletproofing would lessen our worries, it'd be better if he had it... It's a personal choice and we'll respect it, but it's not remotely pleasant for security forces.
25 July 4:51 p.m. EDT
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25 July 5:35 p.m. EDT
"I always heard that Cariocas don't like cold and rain, but you're showing that faith is stronger than cold and rain. Congratulations!"
- Pope Francis to Rio residents gathered at Copacabana beach.
"The pope already passed by, it's raining, I'm heading home ... it's crowded, it's hard to see the big screen and there's a lot of pushing going on. I could stay for the speech, but why? It's complicated."
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"We had to wait literally all day to get the welcome packet… And when I say all day, I mean from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The lines were really long."
-- Christina Wegman, a 17-year-old rising high school senior, said she's been having a great time despite the organizational hitches.
"It's really hot, really tiny and I really haven't been sleeping much… But the good part is that I've made friends from Italy, from France, from Brazil, from all over. Seeing how God can bring us together and make us a family, it's amazing."
-- Chelsea Perez, a 16-year-old rising junior, said she had beef with the accommodations, a school where they've been sleeping 17 to a small room.
25 July 6:59 p.m. EDT
"Et benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti descendat super vos et maneat semper"
(And may the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.)
-- Pope's final blessing in Latin
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“Please, don’t blend faith in Jesus. There are apple smoothies, orange smoothies, banana smoothies, but please, don’t drink a “licuado de fe!” Faith is complete! Jesus is who loves me and died for me. Do what’s right, care for the two extremes of the people, and don’t exclude them. Don’t blend faith in Jesus.”
In fact, the atmosphere continues to be so festive that a young man I just passed exclaimed, "It's like the World Cup final, with Brazil in the lead."
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