Pope Francis attends mass in Rio de Janeiro

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Pope Francis attends mass in Rio de Janeiro

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Huge crowds have turned out to see Pope Francis on the penultimate day of his trip to Brazil.

During a Mass service at Rio de Janeiro’s Metropolitan Cathedral, the pontiff addressed a congregation of a thousand bishops and clerics – repeating his message that they must go out to help the country’s poor.

“Let us look to the pastoral needs of those on the outskirts, to bring the Gospel to those who are farthest way, with those who do not usually go to church. They are the VIP guests. Go to the crossroads, go and find them,” said Francis.

Later the pope visited Rio’s municipal theatre where he joined children on stage and met with some of Brazil’s indigenous people.

On Sunday, he will hold a closing mass for World Youth Day before flying back to Rome.

Millions of people have turned out to see the first Latin American pontiff since his arrival on Monday.