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Pope Draws 3 Million People to Rio de Janeiro Beach

An estimated 3 million people gathered on the white sands and mosaic sidewalks of Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach for a monumental-scale Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Hundreds of thousands of people camped out on the 4 kilometer- (2.5 mile-) long beach overnight ahead of Sunday morning’s Mass, the last big public event of the Argentine-born pope’s weeklong trip to his home continent.

A woman takes a photograph of a tank made of bread to protest over world arms race on Copacabana Beach previous to the all-night vigil before Pope Francis gives mass to those attending the World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful camp out on Copacabana Beach to participate in the all-night vigil before Pope Francis gives mass to those attending the World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful camp out on Copacabana Beach to participate in the all-night vigil before Pope Francis gives mass, in Rio de Janeiro. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful camp out next to a giant image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus on Copacabana Beach. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful camp out on Copacabana Beach to participate in an all-night vigil before Pope Francis gives mass to those attending the World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful camp out on Copacabana Beach to participate in an all-night vigil before Pope Francis gives mass to those attending World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful camp out on Copacabana Beach to participate in an all-night vigil before Pope Francis gives mass to those attending World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful camp out on Copacabana Beach to participate in an all-night vigil before Pope Francis gives mass to those attending World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful camp out on Copacabana Beach to participate in an all-night vigil before Pope Francis gives mass to those attending World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives at Copacabana Beach to celebrate mass on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives at Copacabana Beach to celebrate mass on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

Catholic faithful crowd the streets and Copacabana Beach as Pope Francis gives mass to those attending the World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Pope Francis attends a mass at Copacabana Beach on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

A woman dressed as a nun participates in a SlutWalk protest against the Catholic Church’s policy on contraception in Rio de Janeiro. STRINGER/BRAZIL/REUTERS

Artists perform in front of Pope Francis at Copacabana Beach to celebrate mass on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

A Catholic faithful kneels while Pope Francis celebrates mass at Copacabana Beach on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

Pope Francis meets cardinals at Copacabana Beach before celebrating mass on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Catholic faithful pray as Pope Francis celebrates mass at Copacabana Beach on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

A faithful cries as Pope Francis celebrates mass at Copacabana Beach on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Nuns dance before Pope Francis celebrates a mass at Copacabana Beach on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Pilgrims pray as Pope Francis celebrates mass at Copacabana Beach on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

A faithful holds a Virgin Mary statue as Pope Francis celebrates mass at Copacabana Beach on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Pilgrims pray as Pope Francis celebrates mass at Copacabana Beach on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Pilgrims lie in sleeping bags next to Copacabana Beach after a mass by Pope Francis on his sixth day in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

A general view of pilgrims with their sleeping bags on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Pilgrims sleep on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful camp out on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful camp out on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Pilgrims enjoy sunrise on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Pilgrims enjoy sunrise on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Pilgrims enjoy sunrise on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

Pilgrims line up to use chemical bathrooms at Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

Pilgrims enjoy sunrise on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Pilgrims enjoy sunrise on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Pope Francis greets Catholic faithful as he arrives for his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Pope Francis greets Catholic faithful as he arrives for his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Pope Francis blesses a wheelchair-bound woman as he arrives for his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

Clergy gather for Pope Francis’ final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Security guards run to keep up with Pope Francis as he arrives for his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

Pope Francis greets Catholic faithful while arriving for his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

Pilgrims enjoy sunrise on Copacabana Beach ahead of Pope Francis’ Sunday mass in Rio de Janeiro. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

Catholic faithful gather for Pope Francis’ final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Rescue workers help a faithful who fainted while Pope Francis celebrates his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Pope Francis celebrates his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

Catholic faithful look at projections of Pope Francis as he celebrates his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

People wave towels and sheets from a building as Pope Francis celebrates his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

Polish pilgrims celebrate after Krakow was announced as the host of the next World Youth Day as Pope Francis celebrates his final mass in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

Pope Francis celebrates his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. POOL/REUTERS

Pilgrims attend as Pope Francis celebrates mass at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Pastors attend as Pope Francis celebrates mass at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Pilgrims attend as Pope Francis celebrates mass at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Brazil’s President Rousseff stands with Argentina’s President Fernandez de Kirchner and Bolivia’s President Morales as Pope Francis celebrates a mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Pope Francis embraces Brazilian Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro before celebrating his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

Pope Francis celebrates his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. POOL/REUTERS

Hundreds of thousands crowd the beach after Pope Francis celebrated his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

People enjoy the beach after Pope Francis celebrated his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

Hundreds of thousands leave Copacabana after Pope Francis celebrated his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

Catholic faithful and nuns pose for photographs after Pope Francis celebrated his final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

Nuns walk past port-a-potties after Pope Francis celebrated his final mass on Copacabana Beach. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

Nuns walk past an overflowing garbage bin, after Pope Francis celebrated his final mass on Copacabana Beach. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

Catholic faithful board train at a subway station after Pope Francis celebrated his final mass on Copacabana Beach. PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS

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