19 Spectacular Pictures Of The Pope Celebrating World Youth Day

Nearly one million Roman Catholics packed a Rio de Janeiro beach to see Pope Francis for World Youth Day.

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Young people gather at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana beachfront for the welcoming of Pope Francis to World Youth Day ceremonies.

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Pope Francis is on a week-long visit to the country for World Youth Day, a biannual gathering of young Catholics.

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A Catholic faithful with a sticker bearing an image of Pope Francis on his forehead waits for the pope to arrive at the beach.

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Catholic pilgrims carry the World Youth Day Cross up to a stage before the arrival of Pope Francis on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro July 25, 2013.

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Copacabana beach packed with Catholics waiting to hear Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate at Copacabana beach.

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Cheering pilgrims from 175 nations lined the beachfront drive to catch a glimpse of Francis.

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Earlier in the day, the Pope was in the shanties of Rio to spread a message of solidarity with the poor.

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Pope Francis reaches out from his popemobile to kiss a child as he makes his way through the crowds lining the Copacabana beachfront.

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The popemobile stopped several times for Francis to kiss babies — and take a sip of his beloved maté, the traditional Argentine tea served in a gourd with a straw, that was handed up to him by someone in the crowd.

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Pope Francis arrives on the popemobile at Copacabana beachfront.

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Pope Francis looks up as he points to the rain on stage.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass.

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People watch a video screen as Pope Francis speaks.

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Pope Francis urged young Roman Catholics to spurn materialism, shake up the church, and make a “mess” in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith.

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The Catholic faithful watch projections of the Pope.

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Pope Francis projected onto a giant screen on Rio’s Copacabana beachfront.

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The trip to Brazil was his first foreign visit since becoming pope earlier this year.

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“If we want to have real meaning and fulfillment, as you want and you deserve … put on faith,” he told crowds.

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