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August 18, 2013

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.

August 08, 2013

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.

July 15, 2013

BRASILEIA, Brazil — Solon Jacot’s decision to leave his home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was a big risk with no guarantees.

Now, after a grueling 3,000-mile journey, he’s grateful to be in Brazil. That’s even despite the squalor of the holding camp he shares with 600 other Haitians who also sought illegal entry here.

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