Pope Francis to meet young Brazilian convicts
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Pope Francis will meet young convicts and then return to Copacabana beach on Friday where 1.5 million Catholics gathered on Rio de Janeiro's seafront to see him speak the previous night.
The 76-year-old Argentine, who has championed he cause of the poor, has seen the starkly contrasting images of life in the "Marvelous City" during the first four days of his landmark trip to Brazil.
He visited a notoriously dangerous slum on Thursday before heading to the glitzy beachfront of the tropical metropolis for a massive ceremony with young Catholics in town for World Youth Day festivities.
After being treated to samba songs and dance, Pope Francis used the huge beach stage to repeat a theme of his weeklong visit, urging young Catholics to shun the trappings of materialism and put Jesus Christ at the heart of their lives.