Potty problems: Change in venue challenges pilgrims at vigil

By Lise Alves
Catholic News Service

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — Logistics had been decided months earlier, with the smallest details thought out. Then came days of rain, and the World Youth Day vigil, originally set for a large open space in Guaratiba, was switched to Copacabana beach.

Authorities had placed more than 4,600 portable bathrooms in Guaratiba for pilgrims to use during the vigil; 270 were adapted for people with disabilities.

At Copacabana, just more than 400 were available. When the change in venue was announced July 25, city officials said that it would be impossible to transport all the bathrooms from Guaratiba, 30 miles outside Rio.

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