Brazil: World Youth Day Opens In Rio de Janerio (VIDEO)

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Throngs of Catholics flocked to Rio's iconic Copacabana Beach for the opening mass of the Church's World Youth Day.

Throngs of Catholics flocked to Rio's iconic Copacabana Beach for the opening mass of the Church's World Youth Day.

Some 400,000 worshipers from all over the world withstood the rain and windy weather as the program got underway.

The week-long event is expected to draw more than one million people anxious to to see Pope Francis.

The Pope arrived in Brazil a day before but did not participate in the mass so he could rest ahead of more events later in the week.

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