AP PHOTOS: Crowds turn out for pope despite rain

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Pilgrims wait under the rain outside the Aparecida basilica for the arrival of Pope Francis in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Thousands packed into the huge basilica, and tens of thousands more braved a cold rain outside to catch a glimpse of the first pope from the Americas returning to a shrine of great meaning to the continent and to him personally. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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It was a rainy day, but the Roman Catholic faithful turned out in droves for Pope Francis on Wednesday.

He started the day in the town of Aparecida, to attend Mass at the mammoth Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, which houses Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida.

Thousands jammed themselves inside the church, while tens of thousands more stood in the rain outside and happily cheered the pope.

Later, Francis returned to Rio de Janeiro for a visit to what the pope called a "shrine of human suffering" — a hospital in Rio that treats substance abusers.

Here's a gallery of images from the third day of the pope' visit to Brazil.

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