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Pope Francis receives wet, but warm welcome on Copacabana beach

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Pope Francis receives wet, but warm welcome on Copacabana beach

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Pope Francis has been greeted by an audience of up to a million people on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach.

He attended a ceremony for World Youth Day – an international gathering of young Catholics – as rain continued to fall into the evening.

Earlier in the day, the wet weather did not appear to dampen spirits, as Francis dropped into a favela neighbourhood.

During his visit to the area, he called for a culture of solidarity to replace what he described as the “selfishness and individualism” in modern society.

Francis is in Brazil for a week, with his trip centred around World Youth Day festivities.

The bad weather has forced organisers to move this weekend’s final events to Copacabana because a field where they were supposed to be held has become a mud bath.