AP PHOTOS: Pope ventures into tough Rio shantytown

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People greet and take pictures of Pope Francis as he visits the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Francis on Thursday visited one of Rio de Janeiro\'s shantytowns, or favelas, a place that saw such rough violence in the past that it\'s known by locals as the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)


Pope Francis spent Thursday morning in one of Rio de Janeiro's most violent shantytowns, whose residents gave him a warm and happy greeting.

The pontiff mounted an open vehicle to cruise through the narrow streets of the Varginha slum past residents crowding the route under a sea of umbrellas. As he is fond of doing, Francis also got down and walked into the crowds to shake hands and talk with people.

Later in the day, the pope headed to Rio's famed Copacabana beach, to deliver an address to hundreds of thousands of young Roman Catholics attending the church's World Youth Day festival.

Here's a gallery of images from the fourth day of the pope' visit to Brazil.


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