Vatican City: On his first foreign trip as pontiff, Pope Francis will tour a Rio de Janeiro slum in July and meet juvenile offenders, the Vatican said.
During the July 22-29 trip, the Pope will visit the Manguinhos slum, meet young inmates and also visit a hospital. The Pope will also attend the six-day World Youth Day event, which is expected to draw over 2.5 million people to Brazil.
He will visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, considered a patron of Brazil, the world`s most populous Catholic country. Aparecida is some 240 km from Rio.
Latin America is home to 40 per cent of the world`s 1.2 billion Catholics. The Pope will also bless the flags for the 2016 Olympics taking place in Brazil.