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A woman in a raincoat prays outside the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida ahead of Pope Francis' visit, in the city of Aparecida, 196 kilometers from Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 24. The pope is participating in the week-long World Youth Day festival in Rio de Janeiro, from 22 to 28 July, his first trip overseas since he was elected.
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Pope Francis waves at faithfuls from the popemobile upon his arrival at the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil's most revered Catholic shrine, in Aparecida, Sao Paulo State, on July 24. The first Latin American and Jesuit pontiff is in Aparecida to lead his first big mass since arriving in the country for a week-long visit of which highlight is the huge five-day Catholic gathering World Youth Day.
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Pilgrims line up as they wait in the rain to enter the Aparecida Basilica area for the arrival of Pope Francis in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will visit the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida.
The pontiff is making his first visit overseas since he was elected in March. An estimated 2 million people are expected to greet him.