$$ As Pope Drops Defenses, Concerns Mount

Article ExcerptBY STACY MEICHTRY AND NICHOLAS CASEY

RIO DE JANEIRO—Pope Francis’ push to bring the papacy to the streets is raising challenges for Vatican officials and local police, who are struggling to guarantee the pontiff’s safety as he sheds security measures used by his predecessors.

Such concerns soared this week as the pope arrived in Brazil and quickly found himself immersed in scenes of chaos. Crowds swarmed his motorcade. Protesters clashed with police outside his meeting with President Dilma Rousseff.

The commotion exposed a central challenge for history’s first Latin American pontiff. Pope Francis wants to reground the Roman Catholic Church in grass-roots ministry and discard the …

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