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Pope holds Way of the Cross service

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 00:47

Pope Francis encourages young people to help fight hunger during a Way of the Cross service on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Pope Francis held a Via Crucis or Way of the Cross service on Rio's famed Copacabana beachfront on Friday. Up to a million young people turned out to see the Argentine pope, giving him another frenzied welcome. The pope used the analogy of the suffering Jesus to ask the young people to ease the sufferings of the world. The pontiff urged young people to change a world where food was discarded while millions go hungry. Since his election in March, the pope has taken strong stands in defence of the environment and has several times said that financial speculation and corruption are keeping millions of people in hunger. The pope's final event of his first visit abroad is on Sunday, when Francis is due to preside at a closing Mass before returning to Rome that evening.

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Pope holds Way of the Cross service

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 00:47