Pope Francis goes to Brazil next week for World Youth Day, and at least 400 young people from Costa Rica will be there.
The foreign ministry announced plans to help out these travelers should the need arise. Among other actions, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto is moving Costa Rican Cónsul General Marcia Watson from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro to be more accessible.
There is no count available of how many adults are going to Brazil. World Youth Day begins Tuesday and runs through the following Sunday. The pope arrives Monday. He is traveling with about 40 persons from the Vatican.
Some security officials are nervous because of the wave of recent protest that hit Brazil.
The National Catholic Reporter said that visitors to the event are being asked to pay from $51 to $283 depending on in what programs they participate. About one to two million persons are expected for the event that is estimated to coast about $140 million.
Among other activities, The Argentine Pope Francis will visit a slum. He is following in the footsteps of John Paul II who did the same thing during a visit in 1980. Francis also will visit a hospital and a prison. A meeing also is planed with President Dilma Rousseff.