Photos: Frenzied crowds welcome Pope to Brazil

Photos: Frenzied crowds welcome Pope to Brazil

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 22: Pope Francis blesses a child after departing the Metropolitan Cathedral in the Popemobile after arriving in Rio on July 22, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 1.5 million pilgrims are expected to join Pope Francis for his visit to the Catholic Church's World Youth Day celebrations. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Brazil from July 22 to 28. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press and Getty Images

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Posted on July 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 2:28 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Frenzied crowds of Roman Catholics mobbed the car carrying Pope Francis on Monday when he returned to his home continent for the first time as pontiff, embarking on a seven-day visit meant to fan the fervor of the faithful around the globe.

For more photos of the papal's visit to Brazil, click here.

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