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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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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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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 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.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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