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Pope seeks Catholic rebirth in Argentina

RIO DE JANEIRO — The white sands of Copacabana beach typically draw millions of sun-worshipers, New Year’s Eve revelers, and fans for free concerts by the likes of Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones. In the coming week, a different sort of star promises to stir up just as much passion among devotees.

Pope Francis, the 76-year-old Argentine who became the church’s first pontiff from the Americas in March, will turn the crescent-shaped shoreline into a giant stage for his first international trip as pope, returning to the embrace of Latin America to preside over the Roman Catholic Church’s World Youth Day festival.

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