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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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Half a million Catholics gather on Copacabana beach

Pilgrims from around the world have gathered in Rio. Credit: Reuters

An estimated half million Roman Catholic faithful braved the rain and crowded onto Copacabana beach for a Mass under rainy skies last night as the World Youth Day festival got underway.

An estimated half million Roman Catholic faithful braved the rain and crowded onto Copacabana beach. Credit: Reuters

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