Pope Francis has blessed the Olympic and Paralympic flags in a ceremony at Rio de Janeiro's City Palace ahead of the 2016 Summer Games.
From the balcony of the building, he blessed the Olympic and Paralympic flags with holy water and imparted a blessing on those who gathered to watch.
Welcomed by the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, the Pope received the key to the City of Rio during the ceremony.
He was also presented with a green Brazilian Olympic shirt with the words "Papa Francisco" by Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman.
Pope Francis drew an estimated three million faithful to Copacabana Beach to give one of the most important speeches of his pontificate.
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