Crowds brave the rain to see Pope in Brazil

Pope Francis jokes with the crowd while standing on the balcony of the Basilica of the Madonna of Aparecida.
Pope Francis jokes with the crowd while standing on the balcony of the Basilica of the Madonna of Aparecida. Credit: Reuters

Despite the rain in Brazil the Catholic faithful once again turned out in droves for Pope Francis, who visited the town of Aparecida, to attend Mass at the Basilica which houses Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida.

Pope Francis smiles at a crowd at the Saint Francis Hospital.
Pope Francis smiles at a crowd at the Saint Francis Hospital. Credit: Reuters

Thousands jammed themselves inside the church, while tens of thousands more stood in the rain outside and happily cheered the pope.

The pontiff also visited what he called a "shrine of human suffering" - a hospital in Rio that treats substance abusers.

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A woman at the confessional booths set up at Quinta da Boa Vista park at the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
A woman at the confessional booths set up at Quinta da Boa Vista park at the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Reuters

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