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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Slum trip, mass youth meeting await pope in Rio

Pope Francis kisses the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint, during Mass in Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday. Reverence for the figure of the Virgin Mary runs particularly deep in Latin America. The Vatican says that Pope Francis personally insisted that a trip to the Aparecida Basilica be added to his Brazilian visit agenda.