By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Pope Francis is in Brazil to attend World Youth Day (WYD), and was greeted by tens of thousands of pilgrims in the center of Rio on Monday, July 22nd. Argentinian-born Pope Francis, who is the first Latin Pope, said God had wanted him to visit his “beloved” Latin America first and that he knew he had to “knock gently” at the doorway to Brazilians’ “immense hearts.”

A number of events conspired to make Brazil the first overseas destination of Francis' papacy, among them mainly Benedict XVI’s resignation and . . .

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