Pope Benedict XVI. has opened the Fifth General Assembly of the Latin American bishops in Aparecida at the end of his visit to Brazil. In his keynote address to 270 cardinals, bishops and delegates, he gave central importance to social justice ies and called on the church to work for the poor and disadvantaged.
Speech repeatedly interrupted by applause Without addressing specific states, Benedict XVI commented.Concerned about the continuation of "authoritarian regimes" in Latin America. Some governments followed "ideologies that were thought to have been overcome and that do not correspond to the Christian vision of man and society". In his speech, which was repeatedly interrupted by applause, he called for more economic justice. More and more social classes are beset by poverty or are "deprived of their own natural goods", he said.Two years after his election, Benedict XVI had. visited Brazil for the first time since Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics came to Sao Paulo and to the Marian pilgrimage site of Aparecida for several large church services. The trip took place under tight security measures. More than 20.000 police and security forces were on duty. There were no incidents worth mentioning. Youth meeting in the style of the Cologne World Youth Day on Friday At a Cologne World Youth Day-style youth meeting in a Sao Paulo soccer stadium, Benedict XVI called for. urged young Christians to adhere to the faith and respect Christian values, including in matters of sexual morality. "Live with enthusiasm, with joy, but above all with a sense of responsibility!"From the Catholic bishops of Latin America, the head of the church demanded an evangelization offensive. It is the Christian faith that has made Latin America a "continent of hope". However, he resolutely opposed enticing away believers of other confessions. In recent years, the influence of sects and evangelical churches has risen sharply in Catholic-influenced Latin America. Detailed look back at journey with this site With his visit to a drug rehab project over the weekend, Benedict XVI demonstrated. His support for the fight against narcotics and crime. In the "Court of Hope" rehabilitation center founded by the German Franciscan Hans Stapel, the Pope condemned the narcotics business in no uncertain terms. He threatened drug dealers that God would hold them accountable for their actions. Brazil is one of the world's largest drug transshipment centers.The Pope's plane, which took off from Sao Paulo Sunday night, landed Monday afternoon around 12.30 a.m. at Rome's Ciampino airport.Detailed reports on all days of the Brazil trip can be found here: – Wednesday: arrival in Sao Paulo – Thursday: meeting with President Lula and tens of thousands of young people- Friday: canonization with hundreds of thousands- Saturday: visiting a drug project and praying the rosary- Sunday: opening of the bishops' assembly in Aparecida with a church service and keynote address