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)

Photos: Saturday’s Mass at Rio cathedral

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with bishops, priests, religious and seminarians in the Cathedral of St. Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro July 27. The metropolitan cathedral rises up some 246 feet and the capacity to hold 20,000 people. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with bishops, priests, religious and seminarians in the Cathedral of St. Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro July 27. The metropolitan cathedral rises up some 246 feet and the capacity to hold 20,000 people. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

In the soaring Rio de Janeiro cathedral, Pope Francis reminded bishops and other church ministers about the importance of being faithful to Jesus in the church’s evangelization work. Story: http://bit.ly/1bvAJ9d

Pope Francis looks up as he arrives to celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of St. Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro July 27.  (CNS photo/Paul Haring

Pope Francis looks up as he arrives to celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of St. Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro July 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring

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Photos: Praying the Angelus with Pope Francis

Pope Francis speaks before praying the Angelus from the balcony of the archbishop's palace in Rio de Janeiro July 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis speaks before praying the Angelus from the balcony of the archbishop’s palace in Rio de Janeiro July 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Reciting the Angelus today with tens of thousands of people gathered in the square outside the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro’s residence, Pope Francis highlighted the importance of grandparents “for family life (and) for passing on the human and religious heritage which is so essential for each and every society.” Story: http://bit.ly/11jt9aU

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