Irmao Germano: Brother Germano is 30 years old and joined the Toca de Assis in 2004, a Brazilian branch of the Franciscan Order. Germano, who is half native, has a tonsure that would not look amiss in the hip bars of Consolacao. Germano carries several well-filled plastic bags, because there is a local supermarket where he does Christmas shopping for little favours for the homeless, because the Order looks after the needy. 'Unlike in the past,' Germano says, 'many young people live on the streets these days. They are totally addicted to crack. We try to help them through prayer and personal contact with God.'