Roman Catholic

Masks Banned for Pope's Rio Visit

Face coverings making security nervous


Security forces in Brazil have banned masks at Pope Francis's opening Mass at the Roman Catholic World Youth Day festival in Rio de Janeiro next week.

More than one million people are expected at Tuesday's Mass, which will be policed by 7,000 troops.

The authorities are worried the visit could spark a repeat of June's unrest, when many wore masks in the crowds.