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Pope Francis draws 3 million in Rio de Janeiro

One of the largest papal Masses in history

RIO DE JANEIRO — An estimated 3 million people poured onto Rio’s Copacabana beach on Sunday for the final Mass of Pope Francis’ historic trip to his home continent, cheering the first Latin American pope in one of the biggest turnouts for a papal Mass in recent history.

Speaking from a white stage and looking out over the enormous crowd, Francis urged young Catholics to go out and spread their faith ‘‘to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent.

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