The safety of both Pope Francis and the public during the events of World Youth Day (WYD) Rio2013 is a priority. "I do not believe that there will be any problems with security for either the Pope or the public there because we are studying the issue down to the last detail," General Domenico Giani guaranteed. He is commander of the Grendarmeria (Vatican Police).
According to Giani, a tactical plan is being developed in cooperation with civil, political, and military security agencies, as well as a team for logistics. The team is even analyzing escape routes for the public at Guaratiba. "I believe that I can say with confidence that it is a beautiful location that will welcome many people," he emphasized.
The Vatican's security escort has been in Rio de Janeiro for more than a week to discuss the details of the Pope's visit. During this time, they have already meet with representatives of the Federal, State, and Municipal governments, as well as members of the Church, like the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Orani Tempesta, who is also president of the Local Organizing Committee.
"In terms of safety, I can say with confidence that we are doing our utmost and that there are no foreseen problems with the safety of the event," Giani said.
Close to the people
The commander explained further that the Holy Father will be visible and close to the public on many occasions in the Popemobile. Giani points out that the Pope's visit to Saint Francis of Assisi Hospital in the Varginha Community in Maguinhos will have special meaning.
"The visit to the community will be very important for the Church as well as for the Pope. It will be a very important moment for the Pope to meet with the world of poverty and suffering, because he wants a Church that serves the people, a poor Church that serves the poor," he said.
There is this worry surrounding spiritual preparation, according to Giani. He emphasized the importance of WYD volunteers. "I would like to express my gratitude to the volunteers because I saw so many young people dedicated to making World Youth Day possible," he concluded.
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