Pope decries money, power 'idols'

2013-07-24 20:08

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Aparecida - Pope Francis led his first large mass on Wednesday since returning to his native Latin America, decrying "ephemeral idols" like money and power at Brazil's most revered shrine.

"It is true that nowadays, to some extent, everyone, including our young people, feels attracted by the many idols which take the place of God and appear to offer hope: money, success, power, pleasure," he said at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida basilica.

"Often a growing sense of loneliness and emptiness in the hearts of many people leads them to seek satisfaction in these ephemeral idols," he said.

The 76-year-old pontiff, who arrived in Brazil on Monday for a weeklong Catholic youth event, has championed the cause of the poor since becoming Latin America's first pope in March while trying to re-energise his young flock.

Thousands of pilgrims had braved the cold and rain hours before the Argentine-born pontiff joined them at the sanctuary in the state of Sao Paulo.

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