Pope opens World Youth Day on Copacabana beach

Pope Francis stands on the huge stage while presiding the Catholic Church's World Day of Youth at Copacabana beach.
Pope Francis stands on the huge stage while presiding the Catholic Church's World Day of Youth at Copacabana beach. Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis is presiding at the World Youth Day opening on Copacabana beach, he was driven slowly through a huge adoring crowd, stopping to kiss babies and even to give his white skullcap to someone who had sewn a home-made one for him and ran to the car to hand it to him.

Pope Francis is projected on screens at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Pope Francis is projected on screens at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Reuters

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Catholic faithful throng the streets during the arrival of Pope Francis at Copacabana beach.
Catholic faithful throng the streets during the arrival of Pope Francis at Copacabana beach. Credit: Reuters

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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.