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Page 2, 13th June 1980 — Brazilians in dispute over Pope's itinerary

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Brazilians in dispute over Pope's itinerary

BRAZIL'S 95 million Catholics were this week still waiting to hear details of where the Pope will go when he visits their country in two weeks little.

'Fite Vatican said recently that the Pope's trip would start on June 30 hut it did not announce the precise itinerary and said only that the visit would last "about ten days".

1 he announcement came after Brazilian Government sources and several Brazilian bishops had indicated that the visit would be from June 30 to July 10 and include 13 cities.

Reports from Brazil say that divisions within the Bishops' Conference between "conservatives" and "liberals" over the schedule may be responsible for the delay in announcing an itinerary.

Liberal bishops are reported to want the Pope to concentrate on poor rural areas in the north east and on urban shanty towns while conservatives are said to favour concentration on the industrialised and modern urban centres in central and southern Key events during the visit are expected to be a meeting with Government officials at the capital, Brasilia, ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Latin American bishops' council, dedication of a Marian shrine near Sao Paolo and attendance at the National Eucharistic Congress in the north eastern town of Fooaleza.

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