Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, who was to accompany the pope on the trip, said he hoped the visit would energize the church in Brazil and give it a new missionary impetus.
The Catholic Church has lost too many members in recent years, especially to Pentecostal sects, Cardinal Hummes said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Avvenire.
"We expect a very strong message of motivation for the missionary nature of the church," he said.
"The church in Latin America has to get out of the parishes and go to meet all the people -- those who have been baptized but have forgotten the church or have been forgotten by the church, Catholics who have been ensnared by the protestant sects, and non-Catholics," he said.
I share this as a typical double standard of Catholic apologetics. "Ensnared by protestant sects" doesn't sound as ecumenical as some Catholics pretend to be.
Make no mistake, "ecumenical" in Roman terms is bringing everyone under the authority of the RCC.