he first pope to visit Brazil was John Paul II, with only two years of pontificate. He led a crowd of 4.5 million Catholics and non-Catholics to the streets and touched the pope country.The landed in Brasilia on June 30, 1980, where he made the famous gesture to kneel and kiss the ground, saluting the land that had just tread. Until July 11 when shipped to the Vatican, went through Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Aparecida, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Manaus, Recife, Salvador, Belém, Fortaleza and Teresina. "The Blessing John of God" was the winner of a music contest sponsored by the city of Rio de Janeiro at the time. Its authors are the composer Moacyr Geraldo Maciel and the journalist Pericles Brandão de Barros, now deceased. The song won the Brazil and was sung in all the cities of His Holiness passava.No same year 1980, it began to be sung in football stadiums, the voice of the fans of Fluminense Football Club. Since then, "The Blessing John of God" became a kind of unofficial anthem of the tricolor. It is sung as a kind of "Amulet" because usually brings luck to Fluminense.
Bless us, John of God! Bless us, John of God, our people embraces you, You come in peace, "be" welcome and bless this people who loves you ... (repeat)