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Pope lifts spirits of Rio slum, youths

RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis, dubbed the “slum pope” for his work with the poor, received a rapturous welcome Thursday from one of Rio’s most violent shantytowns and demanded that the wealthy end injustices that have left the poor on society’s margins. He received an even more frenzied welcome as he opened a rain-soaked World Youth Day in a far different setting: Rio’s upscale Copacabana Beach.

In between, he showed off some of his offbeat — almost rebellious — personality, telling pilgrims from his native Argentina that he wanted them to make trouble, shake things up in their dioceses, and make a “mess” by going out into the streets to spread the faith.

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