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 leads mass at Brazilian shrine

Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives at the shrine of the Madonna of Aparecida. Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis has arrived at a shrine in Brazil's Sao Paulo state to hold the first public Mass of his Latin America tour.

Crowds of people waited in the rain for hours to greet the Pope as he arrived in the small town. Credit: Reuters

Thousands packed into the Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, whom Catholics venerate as the patroness of Brazil.

Pope Francis likes to jump in and out of his vehicle to greet the faithful, the Vatican says. Credit: Reuters

The pontiff, eager to appear more hands-on with the public than his predecessors, greeted a young member of the crowd with a kiss.

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