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The famous Christ the Redeemer statue is seen in 2011 atop Corcovado Peak in Rio de Janeiro. Hundreds of thousands of young Catholics are expected to gather in Rio in July for a week of events whose highlight will be the presence of the pope, encouraging them to cultivate their faith and religious identity.
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The famous Christ the Redeemer statue is seen in 2011 atop Corcovado Peak in Rio de Janeiro. Hundreds of thousands of young Catholics are expected to gather in Rio in July for a week of events whose highlight will be the presence of the pope, encouraging them to cultivate their faith and religious identity.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Pope Francis confirmed he would be in Rio de Janeiro in July for World Youth Day and, she said, he also told her he intended to visit Brazil’s National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida.

Asked by the Argentine press to comment on the fact that Pope Francis had broadcast a message to people in his hometown before his inauguration, Rousseff said jokingly, “Look, the pope is Argentine, but God is Brazilian.”