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Wrong turn in pope’s car leads to Brazil mob scene

Pope Francis waves at faithfuls from the popemobile on his way to the Guanabara Palace after his arrival in Rio de Janeiro on July 22, 2013. (AFP)

A Brazilian official says the mob scene witnessed as Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro took place because his driver made a wrong turn.

That’s what Rio de Janeiro city Transportation Secretary Carlos Osorio tells the Globo TV network.

He says that the Fiat that Francis was riding in from the airport to the city center inadvertently turned into the wrong side of a 12-lane thoroughfare, known as Avenida Presidente Vargas.

Instead of taking the left lanes that were free of traffic, the car turned into the right lanes cluttered with buses and taxis, forcing the pontiff’s car to stop.

Thousands of faithful who lined the streets then rushed the car, reaching into the pope’s open window, many taking photos of him with their phones.
 

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Last Update: Tuesday, 23 July 2013 KSA 01:35 - GMT 22:35
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