Barricades against protesters dampen well-wishers

Protester in Rio

The dream of trying to see Pope Francis up close ended at a police barricade for 74-year-old Odaleia Bastos.  "I don't understand why we can't get closer," she said as she argued with police officers, reports CNS.

Bastos, like many residents of Rio's Laranjeiras neighborhood, had hoped to see the pope as he entered the Guanabara Palace, the governor's official residence, for his first official event in the city. Instead, she and hundreds of well-wishers were met with police security forces and riot police. 

Maria Amelia Salvadore, 64, said she was disappointed but understood the security measures in place. 

"I understand that they have to keep protesters away, but these young people are not protesting the pope, they are protesting against the politicians who are inside the palace waiting to meet the pontiff," she told Catholic News Service.

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