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Officials: Pope’s security approved

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Even though Pope Francis’ motorcade ended up stalled on a traffic-choked street and swarmed by thousands of faithful, Brazilian officials said Tuesday they evaluated security for the pontiff’s arrival in Rio as “positive.”

The frenzied crowd surrounded the motorcade Monday afternoon as people reached inside to touch Francis, snap photos with their phones or hand him babies to kiss – scenes that alarmed some onlookers, although the pope himself seemed overjoyed with the raucous welcome and kept his car window down. Francis later moved through the masses in an open-air vehicle.

Early Tuesday, Brazilian security forces blamed each other for the lapse, and no one took responsibility for the traffic fiasco, which began when the driver of the pope’s car made a wrong turn.

Later though, federal police, who are in charge of most of Francis’ security, took an upbeat tone.

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