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Pope Francis kisses baby while riding along Copacabana beach during World Youth Day (CNS)
A choir sings as pilgrims prepare for the World Youth Day closing Mass  (Photo: CNS)

Putting down my camera phone allowed me to share a truly special moment with Pope Francis and my fellow volunteers

The Way of the Cross on Copacabana Beach (AP)

This World Youth Day we will ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’

Pilgrims cheer during the World Youth Day opening ceremony

The pilgrims’ spirits are high in Rio despite the rain

Pope Francis kisses baby while greeting crowd of faithful in Rio de Janeiro (CNS)

The hashtag #papa has even overtaken the Royal baby as a hot topic on Twitter

A statue of Blessed John Paul II is silhouetted in front of the Cathedral of St. Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro Photo: CNS

Within a few minutes of meeting new friends at WYD you feel as if you have known them forever

Pope Benedict XVI meets Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Jesuit superior general (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Catholic Press Photo)

Fr Dermot Preston, a noted film buff, has worked in Guyana for five years and also in South Africa

The Cardinal pub is just round the corner from Westminster Cathedral (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Campaign to save Catholic character of pub next to Westminster Cathedral has been signed by Ann Widdecombe as well as many priests and religious