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Pope Francis welcomed in Rio shanytown

Pope Francis spent Thursday, July 25, 2013, in one of Rio de Janeiro's most violent shantytowns, whose residents gave him a warm and welcoming greeting.

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Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo |

Pope Francis waves from his popemobile as arrives for a World Youth Day celebration at the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Cheering pilgrims from 175 nations lined the beachfront drive to catch a glimpse of the pope.

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Luca Zennaro/AP pool photo |

Pope Francis holds up an Olympic T-shirt with his name on it given to him in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Francis blessed the Olympic flag, visited a slum and will address young Roman Catholics in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach on Thursday, as Latin America's first pope continued his inaugural international trip as pontiff.

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Victor R. Caivano/AP Photo |

People greet and take pictures of Pope Francis as he visits the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013.

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Victor R. Caivano/AP Photo |

Pope Francis kisses a baby girl as he is surrounded by security during his visit to the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013.

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Participants of World Youth Day gather on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. The pope addressed young Roman Catholics on Copacabana beach on Thursday, as Latin America's first pope continues his inaugural international trip as pontiff.

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Victor R. Caivano/AP Photo |

People greet Pope Francis, center, as he visits the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013.

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Victor R. Caivano/AP Photo |

People greet Pope Francis, center, as he visits the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013.

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Jorge Saenz/AP Photo |

World Youth Day pilgrims get revved up as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013.

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