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.
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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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.