July 18, 2013

Pope Francis to encounter a church in crisis in Brazil

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Pope Francis waves from the pope-mobile during his inauguration Mass at St. Peter's Square on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

Pope Francis waves from the pope-mobile during his inauguration Mass at St. Peter's Square on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Brazil will encounter a pope unlike any in the church's modern history, and Francis will find a church in crisis in the world's most populous Catholic nation.