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Pilgrims cheer during the World Youth Day opening ceremony

The pilgrims’ spirits are high in Rio despite the rain

Pope Francis greets a young man as he meets patients, family and staff at St Francis of Assisi Hospital in Rio de Janeiro (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff offers drug users an embrace and a challenge in speech

Archbishop Tempesta celebrates the opening World Youth Day Mass (AP)

Archbishop asks pilgrims to ‘infect everyone with the joy and peace of Christ’

Pope Francis at the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro (Photo: CNS)

Pope gives speech at the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro where he was welcomed by the President of Brazil

Pope Francis waves to the crowds after his arrival in Rio (CNS)

Police find homemade bomb at shrine Pontiff will visit on Wednesday

Pope Francis waves inside the plane bound for Rio this morning (AP)

Pontiff tells reporters onboard plane: ‘I enjoy your company’

The Pope is greeted by cabin crew at Leonardo Da Vinci airport (AP)

Francis begins the first apostolic journey of his pontificate

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

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Bishops and pilgrims on the last day of the Congress in Dublin (AP)

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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