UBERLANDIA, Brazil — When Pope Francis visits Rio de Janeiro from July 23 to 28 to celebrate Catholicism’s World Youth Day, among the millions of pilgrims thronging to the city, one man will have walked an epic 1,850 miles to see the pontiff.
Four months ago Fabio Mateus, 37, gave up his day job as an office administrator, in the small town of Trairi in the northeast state of Ceara, to make the unprecedented trek south to Rio.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — “To kill the police is our goal. Tell us who’s got the power? I’ve got it, with my criminal mind and the heart of a bandit. I’m the result of wars and rebellions, a graduate from a special criminal college.”
These are song lyrics by Daniel Pellegrine, a Brazilian hip-hop performer better known as MC Daleste.