Pope Francis carries a bag as he boards a plane at Fiumicino airport in Rome July 22. (CNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Retuers)
From Vatican Radio:
Pope Francis has left Rome
for his 12 hour flight to Rio de Janeiro, where he will attend the XXVIII World
Youth Day. The Holy Father carried his own bag onto the plane. Pope Francis
will spend all but one day of his week-long journey in the Brazilian city
hosting the event. The one exception is on Wednesday, when he will visit the
Marian shrine in Aparecida.
Catholic News Agency has
a few details about Pope Francis’ flight to Rio, which includes some
changes to the traditional in-flight papal press conference:
During the pontificates of
Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI, it was traditional for the Pope to hold
an in-flight question and answer session with the press onboard the plane.
Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s press office director, explained to
journalists at a July 17 pre-World Youth Day briefing that the Pope will
instead spend part of the flight getting to know the journalists traveling with
him and have informal discussion with them.
UPDATE: Catholic News Service has some of Pope Francis' remarks to journalists during his flight to Rio:
"It's true I don't
give interviews. I don't know why. I just can't. It's tiresome," he said.
"But I enjoy your company."
to World Youth Day, the purpose of his trip, Pope Francis said he did not want
the event to be a meeting with young people "in isolation," because
"when we isolate them we do them an injustice. They belong to a family, a
country, a culture and faith."
it is true that young people are the future, he said, they are not the only
keys to a healthy future for a society, nation or the world.
young "are the future because they are strong," the 76-year-old pope
said, but the aged are essential too, "because they have the wisdom of
we are unjust to the aged; we set them aside as if they have nothing to
give," he said. "But they have the wisdom of life, history of our
homelands and families that we need."
Francis told reporters he knows that in many countries the economic crisis has
been hardest on young people and young families.
read last week how many of the young are without work, and I think we run the
risk of creating a generation that has never worked," he said.
long-term lack of a job is detrimental, he said, because "work is dignity
to the person (and) the ability to earn one's bread."
again decrying what he describes as "a throwaway culture," Pope
Francis said "we do it often with the aged and now, with this crisis, we
are doing the same with the young."
Pope Francis’ schedule for World Youth Day -- his first international trip since becoming pope -- can be found here.
From the Holy Father's Twitter account: