Explosive Found at Brazil Shrine before Pope’s Arrival

By Dialogo
July 24, 2013

A homemade explosive device was discovered in the bathroom of the parking garage of the Brazilian shrine that Pope Francis would visit the week of his visit, the Military said.

The Military said the device was destroyed after its discovery on July 20, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida between Rio and São Paulo, which the pope was due to visit on July 24.

A São Paulo Military Police spokesman said that the explosive was “insignificant, of low power” and that it was not in an area that the pope or pilgrims would have gone to.

The explosive was found during a security training session.

Some 5,000 security forces have been mobilized for the pope’s visit to Aparecida in São Paulo state.