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Pope’s Mass Draws 3 Million to Copacabana to End Youth Day

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with 3 million people on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach and told his flock to set out together to evangelize.

People from nations across the globe covered the beach after spending the night camped out for the Mass. Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, her Argentine counterpart Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Bolivia’s leader Evo Morales were among the millions in attendance at today’s Mass that concluded World Youth Day, whose theme was “Go and make disciples of all nations,” organizers of the event said in an e-mailed response to questions. Francis told his faithful that he is personally counting on them to spread God’s word.