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Campus Fidei & The Million Man Mass

Campus Fidei in

Campus Fidei in Guaratibe, Western Zone, Rio:

Source: Folha de S.Paulo

Topic: The failure of the Campus Fidei project for hosting pilgrims in the Southern Zone of Rio.

“Campus Fidei,” a 1.32 million square meter tract of land in  Guaratiba, in the Western Zone of  Rio and scheduled site of the closing vigil and mass of World Youth Day, was installed on a clandestine tract of land, according to state prosecutors.

Among the owners of the land is businessman Jacob Barata Filho, according to Christiane Monnerat, the prosecutor assigned to the case.

Filho is the son of Jacob Barata, known in Rio as “The Bus King,” because he owns most of the bus collectives in the city.

The area, an example of the manguezal ecosystem , cannot be subjected to landfill because it lies within an area of environmental protection.


Manguezal, also called mangue or mangal, is a costal ecosystem and point of transition between inland and marine environments — a humid zone characteristic of tropial and subtropical regions.

In addition …

In addition, the prosecutor suspects that hospital waste and construction debris were used in the landfill.

The state judicial police environmental division has opened an investigation into who is responsible for the irregular landfill, as well as the fact that the State Environmental Institute — INEA — issued a permit for Vila Mar, the company that owns the subdivision, to build a housing project.

This week, Vila Mar owners and INEA inspectors will be summoned to a deposition.

“It is incredible that public officials would try to get the pope to celebrate mass on illegal landfill in an area of environmental protection. That structure should never have been installed there,” says Christiane Monnerat.

Two technical examinations have already been performed by the Carlos Éboli Criminalistics Laboratory, of the state judicial police.

The prosecutor says that the first round of examinations proved the use of construction debris. The inspection took place in January, after the site had been chosen to host World Youth Day.

Another inspection was realized yesterday to identify changes to the terrain after construction of the youth day facilities was complete.

A third inspection will be necessary, using a backhoe, to verify the use of hospital waste in the landfill.

In a note, the press office of the World Youth Day said the site was chosen as an area for pilgrims and “so as not to be a burden on the residents of Copacabana”.

It added that the site was “lovingly prepared, according to the legal norms.”

In a note,  INEA said that work in the area has an active license.

On Thursday, the city government and the WYD organizing committee announced the relocation of the closing vigil and mass to Copacabana because rain had made holding the event in the Campus Fidei was not possible because of the rains.

A search of the WYD site uncovers a fair amount of PR on the Campus Fidei, such as

The “Campus Fidei” – Field of Faith, as it is known, the area that will be used in the neighborhood of Guaratiba, West Zone of the city, was the location chosen by the Local Organizing Committee for the Vigil and Final Mass, the last two activities of World Youth Day Rio 2013, which will be held on 27th and 28th of July, respectively.

It must have taken some intense effort to set up Copacabana Beach for Plan B …

Nota bene: This was no small logistical failure. Photographic records show construction of an elaborate stage in the area, juxtaposed with muddy ground.

How did the Baratas acquire this project? How much did it cost?