Pope Francis Arrives in Brazil for Church's World Youth Day

Posted at: 07/23/2013 10:35 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Pope Francis has arrived in Brazil for the Catholic church's World Youth Day festival.

The crowd erupted in cheers as the first South American pope emerged from the plane in Rio de Janeiro for the start of a seven-day trip meant to fan the fervor of the faithful across the globe.

A band played as Francis chatted with Brazil's president and other officials, and then stopped to enjoy a children's choir.

More than a million people are expected to pack the white sands of Copacabana to celebrate Mass with Francis. The pope known for his concern for the poor will also visit a chapel in a Brazilian slum.

Francis has spoken often of the need for humility in the church, and he kept to that message Monday; the pope carried his own black hand luggage as he boarded a special Alitalia flight from Rome.

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