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Pope Francis arrives for the prayer vigil on Copacabana Beach (AP)

Holy Father tells pilgrims: ‘You are Christ’s athletes!’

Young pilgrims take part in the prayer vigil on Copacabana Beach (AP)

Three million young people join in prayer vigil with Holy Father

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from Argentina inside Rio cathedral yesterday (CNS)

Miguel Cullen has just arrived in Rio and writes about his first impressions of World Youth Day 2013

The Pope addresses young people on Copacabana Beach (AP)

‘Faith accomplishes a revolution in us,’ Holy Father tells pilgrims

Pope greets young pilgrims at vast gathering in Rio

It has rained heavily in Rio since the Pope arrived on Monday (AP)

Closing vigil and Mass will now take place on Copacabana Beach

Pilgrims stand along the tide during Mass on Copacabana beach Photo: CNS

Rio Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta officially opened World Youth Day with evening Mass yesterday

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

Workers make last-minute preparations at the World Youth Day vigil venue (AP)

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