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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 brings message of hope to Rio slum during visit

Pope Francis received a rapturous welcome as he visited one of Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns, or favelas, to bring a message of hope.

Pope Francis greets a child in the Varginha slum during his visit in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Despite heavy security and rain, Pope Francis waded into the cheering crowds, hugging and kissing residents, before blessing the altar of the church that serves the Varginha community.

Nuns and soldiers arrive in the Varginha slum for the Pope's visit. Credit: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

The Pope then prayed before a replica of Brazil's patron saint, the Virgin of Aparecida.

Pope Francis waves to residents as he leaves the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

His open-air car was mobbed on a few occasions as he headed into the neighbourhood and as he left.

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