Pope ends historic Brazil tour

Pope Francis has left Brazil with Rio still pulsating with excitement after an historic beachfront Mass for more than 3 million people in which he challenged young people to build a new world based on tolerance and love.

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Pope Francis draws 2m for vigil on Copacabana Beach

Pope Francis drew an estimated two million Catholic faithful to Rio's Copacabana Beach for the final evening of World Youth Day, hours after he chastised the Brazilian church for failing to stem the "exodus" of Catholics to evangelical congregations.

In the longest and most important speech of his four-month pontificate, Pope Francis said: "At times we lose people because they don't understand what we are saying, because we have forgotten the language of simplicity and import an intellectualism foreign to our people.

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives at Copacabana Beach. Credit: Reuters

"Without the grammar of simplicity, the Church loses the very conditions which make it possible to fish for God in the deep waters of his mystery", he added.

Catholic faithful crowd the streets and Copacabana Beach. Credit: Reuters/Sergio Moraes

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Rio de Janeiro

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Rio de Janeiro's San Sebastian Cathedral on his last full day in the country before he returns to Rome.

He challenged the Catholic clergy around the world to get out of their churches and preach, and go to the farthest reaches of society to find the faithful.

Pope Francis addresses the congregation. Credit: Reuters

"A bishop, a priest, consecrated people, a seminarian cannot be forgetful", the pontiff said.

Inside the Sao Sebastiao Cathedral Credit: Reuters

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Wind-whipped Pope gives sermon on Copacabana

Pope Francis was battered by the wind and soaked with rain but continued to speak to the faithful on the beach.
Pope Francis was battered by the wind and soaked with rain but continued to speak to the faithful on the beach. Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis braved the elements to deliver a speech during the Catholic Church's World Day of Youth at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Pope Francis is on the fourth day of his week-long visit for World Youth Day which has seen regular downpours.

Pope Francis was battered by the wind and soaked with rain but continued to speak to the faithful on the beach.
Pope Francis was battered by the wind and soaked with rain but continued to speak to the faithful on the beach. Credit: Reuters

The non-stop rain forced the Vatican to relocate a Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate on Sunday from a rural countryside west of Rio de Janeiro to Copacabana beach when the fields turned to mud.

Read more: Huge crowds for Pope in Rio

Pope Francis was battered by the wind and soaked with rain but continued to speak to the faithful on the beach.
Pope Francis was battered by the wind and soaked with rain but continued to speak to the faithful on the beach. Credit: Reuters
Pope Francis receives some help with his wayward mantle.
Pope Francis receives some help with his wayward mantle. Credit: Reuters

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Pope opens World Youth Day on Copacabana beach

Pope Francis stands on the huge stage while presiding the Catholic Church's World Day of Youth at Copacabana beach.
Pope Francis stands on the huge stage while presiding the Catholic Church's World Day of Youth at Copacabana beach. Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis is presiding at the World Youth Day opening on Copacabana beach, he was driven slowly through a huge adoring crowd, stopping to kiss babies and even to give his white skullcap to someone who had sewn a home-made one for him and ran to the car to hand it to him.

Pope Francis is projected on screens at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Pope Francis is projected on screens at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Reuters

Watch: The Pope brings his message of hope to Brazil's slums

Catholic faithful throng the streets during the arrival of Pope Francis at Copacabana beach.
Catholic faithful throng the streets during the arrival of Pope Francis at Copacabana beach. Credit: Reuters

The Pope brings his message of hope to Brazil's slums

Pope Francis brought his message of hope to one of Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns today, on the fourth day of his trip to Brazil.

He said it was time for the rich of the world to do more to end the inequalities between the have and have-nots.

Later, thousands gathered on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach ahead of the Pope's arrival.

ITV News' Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports.

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Huge crowds on Copacabana beach to greet Pope

Pope Francis was greeted by massive crowds as he arrived in an open-sided Popemobile for a welcoming ceremony on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Crowds are reflected on the windows of a hotel as they await the arrival of Pope Francis on Copacabana beach. Credit: Reuters
Pope Francis greets Catholic pilgrims during his arrival at Copacabana beach. Credit: Reuters

Thousands await Pope's arrival on Copacabana beach

Lifeguards patrol offshore as Roman Catholics await the arrival of Pope Francis on Rio's Copacabana beach.
Lifeguards patrol offshore as Roman Catholics await the arrival of Pope Francis on Rio's Copacabana beach. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Thousands of Catholic pilgrims have gathered on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach ahead of Pope Francis' arrival.

The crowd waits for Pope Francis' arrival on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
The crowd waits for Pope Francis' arrival on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

The Pope will preside over a welcoming ceremony for World Youth Day.

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