Brazil faithful to walk 13 kilometers to see pope

AP News
Posted: Nov 29, 2012 12:07 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Those people hoping to attend next year's open air papal Mass in Brazil will have to be in good physical condition.

The website of the organizing committee for Pope Benedict XVI's visit says the Mass will be held on a farm in Guaratiba, in a remote rural area of western Rio de Janeiro state. It says the faithful will be taken to nearby towns by bus, then choose among three trails up to 13 kilometers (eight miles) each to walk the rest of the way to the site.

More than 2 million are expected to attend the Mass.

The pope will be in Brazil from July 23 to 28 to celebrate World Youth Day and will also officiate at two religious ceremonies on Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach.