A million young people jam Rio’s Copacabana beach to try to see pope

By Lise Alves
Catholic News Service

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — “I saw the pope! I saw the pope!” yelled Hiago Ferreira de Araujo of Feira de Santana, Brazil, as he jumped up and down like a little kid who had just scored a goal.

The 23-year-old student said he had been waiting for at least three hours on a side street near Copacabana beach the afternoon of July 25 because he knew “the pastor of our church would come my way.”

One million people braved the rain to hear Pope Francis that evening on the beach for a World Youth Day welcoming ceremony. Despite problems with transport and loudspeakers, pilgrims stood patiently and cheered at the pope’s words.

(full story)