Rio celebrates 70 years of Christ statue
"Christ the Redeemer 70 years - Peace on Earth," was the message of a 30-yard
banner mountain climbers attached under the Christ statue on the 2,200-foot
More than 300,000 people visit the giant statue each year. It has opened
above Rio's 7 million residents since 1931.
Up to one million people were expected for an ecumenical peace show in
Flamengo park to be opened with an oration to Christ the Redeemer. Catholics,
Protestants, Muslims, Jews and Buddhist leaders called for the gathering, named
"National Meeting of the Family for Peace."
A minute's silence was scheduled for both the victims of the attacks on
States as well as those by Washington on Afghanistan.
The celebrations coincide with a national holiday for Brazil's patron saint,
Revealed Lady, that also drew thousands to religious services all over the country.
Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.