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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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Security concerns ahead of Pope's Brazil visit

Pope Francis will make his first international visit since his visits Brazil - the worlds largest Catholic country. His six-day trip includes mass on Copacabana beach and a visit to the favela shanty towns.

Pope Francis waved as he led prayers in Saint Peter's Square he is due to arrive in Rio today. Credit: Reuters

Security concerns have been raised as he has chosen to walk around the favelas rather than travel in the bullet-proof Pope mobile.

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