World Youth Day

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A Catholic faithful prays during the World Youth Day (WYD) opening mass, at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2013. The highlight of the landmark visit of Pope Francis to the world's most populous mainly Catholic country will be WYD, a five-day event that kicks off today. AFP PHOTO

A Catholic faithful prays during the World Youth Day (WYD) opening mass, at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2013. The highlight of the landmark visit of Pope Francis to the world's most populous mainly Catholic country will be WYD, a five-day event that kicks off today. AFP PHOTO

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Construction continues on the Guanabara grounds where Pope Francis will celebrate the closing Mass for World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday 23 2013. Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to begin a weeklong visit to participate in the WYD festival. (AP Photo)

Construction continues on the Guanabara grounds where Pope Francis will celebrate the closing Mass for World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday 23 2013. Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to begin a weeklong visit to participate in the WYD festival. (AP Photo)

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Pilgrims attend the World Youth Day inaugural Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. As many as 1 million young people from around the world are expected in Rio for the Catholic youth event. Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to begin a weeklong visit to participate in the WYD festival. (AP Photo)

Pilgrims attend the World Youth Day inaugural Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. As many as 1 million young people from around the world are expected in Rio for the Catholic youth event. Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday to begin a weeklong visit to participate in the WYD festival. (AP Photo)

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A general view of the altar during he inaugural World Youth Day Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. A cold rain Tuesday night didn't stop upward of 500,000 faithful from gathering on to mark the event. (AP Photo)

A general view of the altar during he inaugural World Youth Day Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. A cold rain Tuesday night didn't stop upward of 500,000 faithful from gathering on to mark the event. (AP Photo)

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Catholics kneel at portable confessionals set up in Quinta da Boa Vista park during World Youth Day events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. As many as 1 million young people from around the world are expected in Rio for the Catholic youth event. (AP Photo)

Catholics kneel at portable confessionals set up in Quinta da Boa Vista park during World Youth Day events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. As many as 1 million young people from around the world are expected in Rio for the Catholic youth event. (AP Photo)

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