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Pope urges Brazil's youth to seek change

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 01:27

More than 2 million people turn up in Brazil's Copacabana beach to listen to Pope Francis. Tom Dinham reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NONE* An estimated two million people crowd onto Rio De Janeiro's Copacabana beach Saturday to see Pope Francis. The pontiff urged young people to make society better, saying God had a bigger plan for their lives than just the World Cup, which Brazil will host next year. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "Boys and girls, please don't put yourself at the back end of history. Be protagonists, play for the future. Kick it forward. Build a better world, a world of brothers and sisters, a just world, of love and peace, of fraternity, solidarity. Always play for the future." Brazil, Latin America's largest nation, was rocked recently by massive protests against corruption, which have often turned violent. The pope encouraged followers to offer "a Christian response to the social and political concerns arising in many parts of the world." Many young people in Brazil saw this as his support for peaceful demonstrations to bring about change. Much of the audience planned to spend the night on or around the beach, to hold their places for a closing Mass on Sunday. The ceremony will mark the end of World Youth Day, an annual gathering of Catholics that draws millions from around the world.

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Pope urges Brazil's youth to seek change

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 01:27