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Papal Priorities for Brazil Trip

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2007 (Zenit.org).- When Benedict XVI visits South America next month, he will address challenges of faith, sects, poverty and authoritarian regimes.

On Tuesday, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, briefly listed these issues that the Pope will take up during his May 9-14 trip to Brazil.

There, the Holy Father will open the 5th General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Pontiff also discussed his trip with the Roman Curia in a meeting he had with them last week.

The themes listed by Cardinal Bertone reflect priorities that Benedict XVI mentioned in his Feb. 17 address to papal representatives in the Latin American countries.

The Pope told them "the spiritual potential that Latin America has to draw on is truly enormous, where the mysteries of the faith are celebrated with fervent devotion and confidence in the future is nourished by the increase in the number of vocations to the priestly and religious life."

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