Pope Francis travels to shrine after enthusiastic welcome in Brazil
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 00:51
July 24 - Pope Francis is greeted by massive crowds as he arrives to the Aparecida shrine where he will give his first mass as pope outside Italy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Pope Francis landed early Wednesday at a shrine in southeastern Brazil, where he will celebrate his first mass outside Italy as pontiff and seek to energize faithful in the country that is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population.
On the third day of his week-long visit for World Youth Day, a biennial Church gathering being celebrated in and around Rio de Janeiro, Francis will preach to faithful in Aparecida, Brazil's most important Catholic shrine.
More than 150,000 people are expected to attend the service about 162 miles (260 km) west of Rio, a locale long venerated in Brazil as a shrine to the Virgin Mary and site where Francis, as an Argentine cardinal during a 2007 visit by Pope Benedict XVI, cemented his place as a leader of the Church in Latin America.
The ongoing World Youth Day events, which are expected to attract more than 1 million people from around the world, are an effort by the Vatican to galvanize young Catholics at a time when rival denominations, secularism and distaste over sexual and financial scandals continue to lead some faithful to abandon the Church.
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