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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Pope enjoys day off in Rio

Pope enjoys day off in Rio

Pope Francis was taking a day off on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro for rest and private meetings during his visit to Brazil.

The pontiff joined a private church service that was attended largely by Brazilian Catholic nuns and church officials.

Today the pontiff will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the image of Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida.

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