Photos: Wind, rain, don’t deter pilgrims at opening Mass

Pilgrims cheer during the opening ceremony of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro July 23. Young people endured rain and wind on Copacabana beach as they gathered for the event's kickoff and opening Mass. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pilgrims cheer during the opening ceremony of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro July 23. Young people endured rain and wind on Copacabana beach as they gathered for the event’s kickoff and opening Mass. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Hundreds of thousands of World Youth Day pilgrims and others gathered last night for the event’s opening Mass on the beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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