Millions expected for final Mass of papal trip

Associated Press
Pilgrims and residents gather on Copacabana beach before the arrival of Pope Francis for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 27, 2013. Francis will preside over an evening vigil service on Copacabana beach that is expected to draw more than 1 million young people. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of young people who slept under chilly skies in the white sand of Copacabana beach are waking up in eager anticipation of Pope Francis' final Mass for World Youth Day.

The major of Rio de Janeiro estimates some 3 million people would turn up for Sunday's Mass, the culmination of Francis' first international trip and an emotional homecoming for the first Latin American pope.

Jayme Fernandes, an 18-year-old pilgrim from Sao Paulo state, says so many people were on the beach for the all-night slumber party that "we were practically sleeping on top of one another."

But as the pope's appearance drew nearer, he says, it was worth it.

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