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Pope Francis pledges almost $5 million to help pay World Youth Day debt

Pilgrims pack Copacabana beach for World Youth Day's closing Mass (AP)

Francis recognises ‘great effort’ made by the Local Organising Committee in Rio

Brazilian rancher found guilty of ordering murder of nun

Sister Dorothy Stang was shot dead in 2005 (Photo: CNS)

Sister Dorothy Stang was shot dead after working in favour of land rights for the poor

WYD 2013: Argentines flock to Rio cathedral to meet the Pope

Pope Francis waves an Argentine flag outside Rio cathedral (AP)

Pontiff urges youngsters to resist exclusion from society

World Youth Day volunteers to assist pilgrims with special needs

World Youth Day volunteers put up a poster in a building in Rio (CNS)

Organisers want to ensure disabled pilgrims are not ‘mere spectators’

Man who killed Amazon activist nun released after just eight years

A woman prays at Sister Dorothy Stang's grave in Anapu, Brazil (AP)

Rayfran das Neves Sales shot Sister Dorothy Stang in 2005

Brazilian bishops back peaceful protests as countdown to World Youth Day in Rio begins

A protester in Brazil holds a poster reading: 'We are many, we don't forget, we don't forgive, we wait' (AP)

Bishops’ conference expresses its ‘solidarity and support’ for protesters