Photos: A final overview: World Youth Day in pictures

World Youth Day pilgrims hold up a puppet resembling Pope Francis at the World Youth Day welcome ceremony on Copacabana beach. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

World Youth Day pilgrims hold up a puppet resembling Pope Francis at the World Youth Day welcome ceremony on Copacabana beach. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

We bid good-bye to Rio de Janeiro with this final set of images from our staff and stringers at World Youth Day 2013.

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A pilgrim goes to confession at Boa Vista Park in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

A pilgrim goes to confession at Boa Vista Park in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Pope speaks to journalists on return flight to Rome

The pope spent 80 minutes answering questions from 21 journalists on the plane.  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The pope spent 80 minutes answering questions from 21 journalists on the plane. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

We posted these earlier, but to save you time here are the four stories that Cindy Wooden wrote on the variety of topics Pope Francis addressed when he took questions from the Vatican press corps July 28 after the papal plane left Rio de Janeiro:

Pope answers questions about Curia reforms, gay lobby

Pope says he’d rather trust God than live in bullet-proof bubble

Pope discusses women in the church, divorce, his own spirituality

Returning to Rome, pope discusses plans for future trips

Returning to Rome, pope discusses plans for future trips

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the end of his first foreign trip, Pope Francis told reporters that it’s good for a pope to travel and there are plans in the works for visits in Italy, to Jerusalem, to Asia, but nothing planned soon for his Argentine homeland.

“I think papal trips are always good,” he said July 28 during the flight back to Rome after a week in Brazil.

The July 22-29 papal trip was good for Brazil “not just because of the pope’s presence, but because for World Youth Day they mobilized and did so well that it will help the whole church,” he said.

As for future foreign trips, Pope Francis said there was “nothing definite-definite,” but “I can tell you what I’m thinking.”

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Of rats and Rio: Camping in Copacabana between WYD vigil, Mass

By Lise Alves
Catholic News Service

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — The mayor of Rio de Janeiro told pilgrims they could go home after the July 27 World Youth Day vigil and return for the closing Mass the next morning. Not many listened.

After Pope Francis’ address to the youth at the start of the vigil, many pilgrims left, but many other hundreds of thousands remained on the sand of Copacabana beach and its nearby streets and parks.

Approximately 250 pilgrims from the Washington, Arlington and Philadelphia dioceses were looking for a safe place to spend the night when Catholic News Service met up with them on a side street in the Copacabana neighborhood at 10 p.m.

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Potty problems: Change in venue challenges pilgrims at vigil

By Lise Alves
Catholic News Service

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — Logistics had been decided months earlier, with the smallest details thought out. Then came days of rain, and the World Youth Day vigil, originally set for a large open space in Guaratiba, was switched to Copacabana beach.

Authorities had placed more than 4,600 portable bathrooms in Guaratiba for pilgrims to use during the vigil; 270 were adapted for people with disabilities.

At Copacabana, just more than 400 were available. When the change in venue was announced July 25, city officials said that it would be impossible to transport all the bathrooms from Guaratiba, 30 miles outside Rio.

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