Thousands await Pope's arrival on Copacabana beach

Lifeguards patrol offshore as Roman Catholics await the arrival of Pope Francis on Rio's Copacabana beach.
Lifeguards patrol offshore as Roman Catholics await the arrival of Pope Francis on Rio's Copacabana beach. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Thousands of Catholic pilgrims have gathered on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach ahead of Pope Francis' arrival.

The crowd waits for Pope Francis' arrival on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
The crowd waits for Pope Francis' arrival on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

The Pope will preside over a welcoming ceremony for World Youth Day.

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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.