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World Youth Day this year - but Catholicism is failing in Latin America   REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

In much of the continent Catholicism is seen as failing the poor

Pope Francis kisses an infant as he makes his way to Copacabana beach for the World Youth Day Way. Catholicism is losing ground across the region (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Large numbers adopting evaneglical Protestantism or leaving religion

The homeless will be able to wash beneath the windows of the Apostolic Palace (AP)

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Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez (CNS)

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Pope Francis at this morning's Chrism Mass (AP)

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Pope Francis greets cardinals last month (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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A displaced young woman prays in the makeshift Catholic chapel in Sudan (CNS)

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Populorum Progressio Foundation will support the continent’s indigenous and rural people