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Rio archbishop unhurt in carjacking

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has escaped injury during a carjacking by several gunmen, Brazilian police officials said.

The robbery occurred on Sunday night when Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta was travelling in a chauffeur-driven vehicle along with two friends through the city's sprawling North Zone, Rio de Janeiro police said. The thieves made off with the vehicle.

Brazilian media said Archbishop Tempesta was returning from Mass when the carjacking took place.

Sunday's was the second armed attack against Archbishop Tempesta in the past year.

In September, three armed men stopped the archbishop's car and stripped him of his mobile phone, a crucifix and the cameras of a photographer travelling with him. Most of the stolen items were later recovered.

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