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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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Pope brings message of hope to Rio slum during visit

Pope Francis received a rapturous welcome as he visited one of Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns, or favelas, to bring a message of hope.

Pope Francis greets a child in the Varginha slum during his visit in Rio de Janeiro.
Pope Francis greets a child in the Varginha slum during his visit in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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.

Nuns and soldiers arrive in the Varginha slum for the Pope's visit.
Nuns and soldiers arrive in the Varginha slum for the Pope's visit. Credit: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

The Pope then prayed before a replica of Brazil's patron saint, the Virgin of Aparecida.

Pope Francis waves to residents as he leaves the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro.
Pope Francis waves to residents as he leaves the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

His open-air car was mobbed on a few occasions as he headed into the neighbourhood and as he left.

Pope blesses Olympic flags ahead of Rio 2016

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.

Pope Francis blesses the Olympic flag in Rio de Janerio's City Palace.
Pope Francis blesses the Olympic flag in Rio de Janerio's City Palace. Credit: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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.

Pope Francis blesses the Rio 2016 Paralympics flag.
Pope Francis blesses the Rio 2016 Paralympics flag. Credit: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Welcomed by the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, the Pope received the key to the City of Rio during the ceremony.

The Pope receives the symbolic key to the city from Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes
The Pope receives the symbolic key to the city from Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes Credit: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

He was also presented with a green Brazilian Olympic shirt with the words "Papa Francisco" by Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman.

Crowds brave the rain to see Pope in Brazil

Pope Francis jokes with the crowd while standing on the balcony of the Basilica of the Madonna of Aparecida.
Pope Francis jokes with the crowd while standing on the balcony of the Basilica of the Madonna of Aparecida. Credit: Reuters

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.

Pope Francis smiles at a crowd at the Saint Francis Hospital.
Pope Francis smiles at a crowd at the Saint Francis Hospital. Credit: Reuters

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.

Read more: Pope slams legalisation of drugs in war on narcotics

A woman at the confessional booths set up at Quinta da Boa Vista park at the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
A woman at the confessional booths set up at Quinta da Boa Vista park at the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Reuters

Pope slams legalisation of some drugs in Latin America

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.

Pope Francis embraces a patient at the Hospital Sao Francisco.
Pope Francis embraces a patient at the Hospital Sao Francisco. Credit: Reuters

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.

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