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Crowds join Pope Francis for Copacabana mass

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 - 01:15

July 26 - Nearly a million young Catholics revel on the shores of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach as Pope Francis opens World Youth Day. Sarah Charlton reports.

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On Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach, nearly a million people await the first Latin American pope. Huge crowds gathered on Thursday (July 25) to join Pope Francis for the Catholic Church celebration of World Youth Day. As dusk fell, the arrival they had all been waiting for came from the air. World Youth Day is seen as an effort by the Vatican to galvanise young Catholics. Leading the celebrations, the pontiff thanked the crowd for their support. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "This week Rio is the heart of the Church which is both youthful and vibrant, because you have responded generously and enthusiastically to the invitation that Jesus has made to you to be with Him and to become His friends." Since Pope Francis arrived in Brazil earlier this week supporters have flocked to each of his public appearances. The pontiff's final day in the country is on Sunday (July 28).

Crowds join Pope Francis for Copacabana mass

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 - 01:15

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