RELIGION
07/22/2013 05:47 pm ET | Updated Jul 22, 2013

Pope Bomb Scare At Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida; Explosive Device Found Where Francis Is Scheduled To Visit On Wednesday

A bomb has been found at a shrine that Pope Francis was due to visit on Wednesday and hold a mass.

The homemade explosive device was discovered in the bathroom of the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, in the parking lot, reports ABC.es.

The Sao Paulo military police detonated the bomb, which had a fuse and a dynamite-like covering, after members of the Brazilian Air Force found it while conducting a security inspection.

A statement released by the police said, "It was a home-made device with little potential to cause fatalities."

The Anti-bomb squadron carried out the disposal safely, noting, "such episodes formed part of our security forces' training in Aparecida and at no point were civilians' lives in danger."

This is a developing story.

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