26 July 2013. In his first trip abroad after his assumption of papacy, Pope Francis, an Argentine born Jesuit, urged the youth to fight against corruption. He said this while walking through a slum (favela) in the city of Varginha. This was said to be his most provocative political remarks since his papacy began.
His remarks showed his intention to refocus the Roman Catholic Church on the margins of neglected society especially in Brazil and other poor Latin American counties. He, however, criticized the Rio-de-Janeiro’s pacification project in which security forces assert control over lawless areas in the city’s slums.