Pope to Mass of millions: Get out of church

CNN Belief Blog

By Eric Marrapodi and Miguel Marquez, CNN

Rio de Janeiro (CNN) — Pope Francis closed out World Youth Day with a final Mass before a giant crowd of millions on Copacabana Beach.

“Go, do not be afraid, and serve,” the pope told the crowd Sunday.

Catholic pilgrims from around the world traveled to Brazil for the weeklong celebration and a chance to see the pontiff, whose visit was a shot in the arm for a church that has seen its share of scandal and troubles.

Massive crowds followed Francis at every stop on the trip. Organizers and local officials said 1.5 million people came out for the Way of the Cross observance on Friday.

The mayor’s office in Rio said final estimates for a prayer vigil on Saturday could reach up to 3 million. On Sunday, the Vatican citing civil authorizes put the crowd for the final Mass over…

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