Brazil hopes for a first Latin American Pope

While the Pope has begun a week long retreat for Lent the country with the most Roman Catholics is hoping for the election of a Latin American in his stead. With ten days to go before he steps down, people in Brazil are hoping such a move would halt declining numbers of worshippers in the country.

From Rio ITV News' Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports:

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Pope thankful for 'prayers'

The Pope has made his first appearance at St Peter's Square window since his resignation announcement and thanked the faithful for their "prayers and support."