Pope Francis has urged Brazil’s young people to continue their efforts to change society, by fighting apathy and offering a “Christian response.”
On the penultimate day of his visit to the country, the pontiff attended a rally on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. According to the Vatican, the event attracted more than two million people.
In his address to the crowd, Francis also made reference to next year’s World Cup.
“Jesus offers us something that is bigger than the World Cup of Football!” he said.
“He offers us the possibility of a fruitful and happy life with him, a future with eternal life.”
Brazil has been rocked by huge protests – involving young people – against corruption, misuse of public money and high living costs.
Pope Francis has received a warm welcome everywhere he has been during his visit to the country. He is due to head back to Rome on Sunday.