Boas-Vindas, Francis Pope Francis Visits Brazil (PHOTOS)
Pope Francis returned to South America this week in his first overseas trip, attending World Youth Day in Brazil, the world’s largest Catholic country. See photos of his visit—and the protests that greeted him.
Pope Francis waves at the faithful from the popemobile on his way to the Guanabara Palace after his arrival in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Pope Francis landed in Brazil on Monday for his first overseas trip as pontiff to attend the international festival World Youth Day in Brazil, the world's biggest Catholic country. More than 1.5 million pilgrims are expected to join Pope Francis for his visit. But Francis was also greeted by protesters, who said the trip will be too costly.
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Pope Francis is approached by Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff after her plane landed at Galeao Air Base, on Governor's Island, north of Rio de Janeiro, on Monday.
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Pope Francis visit upon his arrival at the international airport in Rio de Janeiro.
The popemobile is reflected on the window of a building on Francis’s way to the Guanabara Palace.
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Catholics wave at Pope Francis during his arrival in Rio de Janeiro.
Pope Francis blesses a child after departing the Metropolitan Cathedral in the Popemobile on Monday.
People wait outside the Metropolitan Cathedral on Monday for the arrival of Pope Francis.
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Pope Francis waves as he leaves Guanabara Palace, where he attended a welcoming ceremony.
A masked protester holding a Brazilian flag marches with others to a police station in Rio on Monday. The protesters were demanding the release of fellow protesters arrested during clashes outside the palace hosting Pope Francis’s welcoming ceremony. About an hour after the pope concluded his short speech, police began cracking down on the protests, firing rubber bullets and tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowd.
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Riot police fire tear gas during a protest on Monday against the visit of Pope Francis, near Guanabara Palace. The protesters said that the pope's visit would represent a huge cost for the country. Pope Francis will spend a week in Rio de Janeiro to preside over the Catholic Church's 28th World Day of Youth, a gathering sometimes dubbed a “Catholic Woodstock” that occurs in a different city every two years.
A man lies unconscious on Monday after police confronted protesters who had gathered near the Guanabara Palace.