Half a million Catholics gather on Copacabana beach

Pilgrims from around the world have gathered in Rio.
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.
An estimated half million Roman Catholic faithful braved the rain and crowded onto Copacabana beach. Credit: Reuters

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