Popes Address the Faithful

From the the heartland of Africa to the slums of Brazil, popes throughout the years have embraced the public outside the Vatican walls. Check out photos of popes past and present address the faithful around the world.

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Pope Francis is seen on a large screen as he celebrates the World Youth Day's concluding Mass on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 28, 2013. Click to see more photos of popes throughout history.
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Guests, pilgrims and residents attend a mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 28, 2013.
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The morning sun shines on a couple sleeping on the Copacabana beach, waiting for the pope's mass in the morning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 28, 2013.
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Catholic pilgrims who spent the night sleeping at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro after a prayer vigil headed by Pope Francis, start waking up on July 28, 2013.
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Hundreds of thousands of young people slept under chilly skies in the white sand awaiting Pope Francis' final Mass for World Youth Day.
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Pope Francis waves to people from his popemobile as he arrives for a vigil with pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 27, 2013.
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Pope Francis heads a prayer vigil with Catholic pilgrims attending World Youth Day (WYD), at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on July 27, 2013. Two million people packed Rio de Janeiro's famous beach for the prayer vigil with the pontiff on his week-long trip to Brazil.
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Pope Francis sits below the blue cross at Copacabana beach before the start of the Stations of the Cross event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 26, 2013. The event is created to reflect on the suffering, crucifixion and death of Jesus.
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Pope Francis waves at faithfuls as he arrives on the popemobile at Copacabana beach on Juy 26, 2013. He is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the weeklong Catholics World Youth Day and to participate in reenacting scenes of Jesus carrying the cross to his crucifixion for the Stations of the Cross event.
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Youth carry the cross while Pope Francis participates in the re-enactment of Jesus' crucifixion in Rio de Janerio, Brazil on July 26, 2013. The Catholic church hopes the youth-centered celebration addresses difficulties facing modern day youth in each staged scene.
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Brazilian youth watch the 14 Stations of the Cross at Copacabana beach on July 26, 2013.
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Pope Francis waves to people from his popemobile along the Copacabana beachfront as he arrives for the Stations of the Cross procession in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 26, 2013. Also known as the Way of the Cross, Via Crucis and Via Dolorosa, the Stations of the Cross are built around reflections on Jesus' last steps leading up to his crucifixion and death.
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On Thursday, Pope Francis 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.
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A screen shows Pope Francis wave from his popemobile on his way to Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beachfront on July 25, 2013. On the fourth day of his visit to Brazil, the pope visited the country's slums before going to the wealthier district of Copacabana.
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Pope Benedict XVI visits Cotonou, Benin to conduct mass at the "Friendship Stadium on November 20, 2011. Benedict was one of the most-traveled popes following his predecessor John Paul II.
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Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful under a white umbrella during a rainy day in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007.
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Tens of thousands of people attended Pope Benedict XVI's traditional noontime Sunday blessing on Jan. 20, 2008 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The faithful gathered in support of the pope who canceled his visit to a university because of protests by students and faculty.
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Papua New Guinea natives greet Pope John Paul II, one of the most-traveled pope in history, during his visit to Mt. Hagen, New Guinea on May 8, 1984. The pope led the Roman Catholic Church for more than a quarter century before his death in April 2, 2005.
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Pope John Paul II makes a visit to Uganda on February 9, 1993. He is surrounded by dancers as he waves to Catholic faithfuls.
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Pope John Paul II sits under an umbrella as he is protected from a short but heavy snowstorm at the Kosovo soccer stadium in Sarajevo, Bosnia before mass on April 13, 1997. The Pope said that the city of Sarajevo was the symbol of the world's suffering in the 20th century.
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Pope John Paul II celebrates mass on Oct. 7, 1995 in Central Park in New York. Over 250,000 people joined him for mass that day.
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Pope John Paul II reads a book entitled "Opening The Eye Of New Awareness," the last book written by Dalai Lama, on February 2, 1986 in New Delhi, India.
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Pope John Paul II wears a sombrero given by a Monterey band called Mexico's Boy's Town. They performed for the Pontiff in St. Peter's Square on April 11, 1979
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Pope John Paul I is carried on a portable throne at the Vatican City on Sept. 27, 1978. This is the last public appearance of John Paul I before he died of a heart attack in the early morning on Sept. 28th in Rome.
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Pope Paul VI and President Kennedy sit together during a meeting at the Vatican on July 2, 1963.
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Pope XXIII greets the faithful in Loreto, Italy in October 1962 before his journey to the Roman Catholic Ecumenical Council. He is the first pope to visit the city since 1870.
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