CNN Belief Blog

By Helena Cavendish de Moura, for CNN

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNN) — With a blasting medley of bossa nova music as a prelude, Pope Francis addressed about a million worshippers in Copacabana beach on Thursday, lacing his message to a new generation of Catholics with Brazilian street jargon.

“Bota Fe” — put on faith — was the antidote to what he called growing materialism and discontent, the pontiff said.

“What can we do? Bota Fe,” he said. “If we want to have real meaning and fulfillment, as you want and you deserve … put on faith.”

The thread of the pontiff’s speech resonated with Brazil’s youth, many of whom are expressing disenchantment with their government.

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