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Pilgrims pray during the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Brazil (Photo: CNS)

Francis asks young people to read the beatitudes to prepare for next three World Youth Days

Pope Francis (AP)

The Holy Father has prompted millions to re-examine their prejudices about the Church

Pope Francis wrote an open letter to La Repubblica (AP)

In God’s eyes young pilgrims are ‘apostles of the kingdom’, Pope says in St Peter’s Square

Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham (CNS)

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The faithful reach out to touch the statue of San Cayetano in Buenos Aires (AP)

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Pope Francis blesses pilgrims at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Pope Francis kisses baby while riding along Copacabana beach during World Youth Day (CNS)
Pope addresses journalists on his return flight to Rome (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Assisi on the feast of St Francis

A pilgrim with a rosary wrapped around her hand prays during the World Youth Day closing Mass on Copacabana beach (Photo: CNS)

WYD 2013 has inspired youngsters from around the world

A Polish group celebrates the announcement in Rio today (AP)

Polish city is Blessed John Paul II’s former episcopal see