Pope Francis I http://blog.wlrn.org en Pope's Visit: A Bumpy Test Run For Rio's World Cup, Olympics http://blog.wlrn.org/post/popes-visit-bumpy-test-run-rios-world-cup-olympics While the recent World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro were a success for Pope Francis, they certainly weren't for the city government. Accusations of disorganization and transport failures have left residents wondering if Rio is really ready to host both the World Cup and the Olympics.<p>The TV images showed adoring Catholics <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/28/206316615/millions-gather-on-rio-beach-to-hear-pope-deliver-sunday-mass">swarming Rio's famous Copacabana Beach</a> to pray with the pontiff. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:05:46 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 18318 at http://blog.wlrn.org Pope's Visit: A Bumpy Test Run For Rio's World Cup, Olympics Millions Gather On Rio Beach To Hear Pope Deliver Sunday Mass http://blog.wlrn.org/post/millions-gather-rio-beach-hear-pope-deliver-sunday-mass <strong>This post last updated at 11:30 a.m. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:07:04 +0000 Scott Neuman 18151 at http://blog.wlrn.org Millions Gather On Rio Beach To Hear Pope Deliver Sunday Mass The Radical Brazilian Priest Who Was Excommunicated http://blog.wlrn.org/post/radical-brazilian-priest-who-was-excommunicated His name is Roberto Francisco Daniel, but he goes by Padre Beto. He sports an ear clip, and a rosary around his neck that dips into an open-necked patterned shirt. In short, Padre Beto looks cooler than your typical priest.<p>His decision to become a Catholic priest came late, he says. He was 28. He'd been to college, worked, and he wasn't a virgin. He says he thinks that's why he has a different way of looking at church doctrine.<p>"When I came back to Brazil from Germany in 2001 and became a parish priest, I naturally included my views in my homilies," he says in Portuguese. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:39:29 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 17949 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Radical Brazilian Priest Who Was Excommunicated A New Pope And Allied Veterans: What You Should Know From This Week's News http://blog.wlrn.org/post/live-chat-new-pope-and-allied-veterans-what-you-should-know-weeks-news <p></p><p>On the week's The Florida Roundup:</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 10902 at http://blog.wlrn.org A New Pope And Allied Veterans: What You Should Know From This Week's News