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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Thousands of Catholic pilgrims have gathered on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach ahead of Pope Francis' arrival.
The Pope will preside over a welcoming ceremony for World Youth Day.
Pope Francis received a rapturous welcome as he visited one of Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns, or favelas, to bring a message of hope.
Despite heavy security and rain, Pope Francis waded into the cheering crowds, hugging and kissing residents, before blessing the altar of the church that serves the Varginha community.
The Pope then prayed before a replica of Brazil's patron saint, the Virgin of Aparecida.
His open-air car was mobbed on a few occasions as he headed into the neighbourhood and as he left.
Pope Francis has blessed the Olympic and Paralympic flags in a ceremony at Rio de Janeiro's City Palace ahead of the 2016 Summer Games.
From the balcony of the building, he blessed the Olympic and Paralympic flags with holy water and imparted a blessing on those who gathered to watch.
Welcomed by the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, the Pope received the key to the City of Rio during the ceremony.
He was also presented with a green Brazilian Olympic shirt with the words "Papa Francisco" by Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman.
Despite the rain in Brazil the Catholic faithful once again turned out in droves for Pope Francis, who visited the town of Aparecida, to attend Mass at the Basilica which houses Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida.
Thousands jammed themselves inside the church, while tens of thousands more stood in the rain outside and happily cheered the pope.
The pontiff also visited what he called a "shrine of human suffering" - a hospital in Rio that treats substance abusers.
The Pope took a strong stance against the legalisation of drugs as a means to fight drug addiction and criticized the trend in Latin America to decriminalise narcotics.
In his first public address on the issue, the new Pope Francis said education was the way to end drug use.
The pontiff was visiting a new treatment facility for alcoholics and drug addicts at the Sao Francisco Hospital in Rio de Janeiro as part of his week-long visit to Brazil centred on the Catholic Church's World Youth Day.
Pope Francis has arrived at a shrine in Brazil's Sao Paulo state to hold the first public Mass of his Latin America tour.
Thousands packed into the Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, whom Catholics venerate as the patroness of Brazil.
The pontiff, eager to appear more hands-on with the public than his predecessors, greeted a young member of the crowd with a kiss.