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The Varginha Favela: Pope Francis' Visit Brings Hope To Brazil's Poor
Pope Francis is visiting the Brazilian slum Varginha as part of his trip to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day.
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Large puppets that resemble Pope Francis, right, and the Virgin of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint, stand tall among residents waiting for Pope Francis' arrival to the Varginha slum Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Pope Francis will bless the Olympic flag, visit this slum and address young Roman Catholics in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach on Thursday, as Latin America's first pope continues his inaugural international trip as pontiff. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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People observe priest Marcio Queiroz (back center) celebrate Mass inside the Capilla de Sao Jeronimo Emiliano in the Varginha area of the larger Manguinhos favela in Rio de Janeiro, which awaits a visit by Pope Francis. Photo taken July 14, 2013. (AP/Felipe Dana)

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In this Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo, youth play in the Manguinhos slum complex which Pope Francis is to visit during his trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In one of the key events of his trip, the church's first Jesuit leader will venture into the rough Varginha area of this rough slum that sits along a violence-soaked road known by locals as the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Luiz Soares and the President of the Manguinhos Home-Owners Association outside a local community center.

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Policemen from the Pacifying Police Unit, or 'UPP', patrol in the Varginha area of the Manguinhos slum complex where Pope Francis will visit during his trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 21, 2013. In one of the key events of his trip, the church's first Jesuit leader will venture into this rough slum that sits along a violence-soaked road known by locals as the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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T-shirts celebrating the visit of Pope Francis are on sale at the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Pope Francis will visit this slum neighborhood Thursday, July 25. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
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Argentine priests deliver a sermon to pilgrims in the community center next to the Chapel São Jerónimo on the eve of the Pope's visit

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Houses that were removed and demolished and remain in rubble in Manguinhos.

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Kids play in a portable pool as a woman hangs laundry outside her house in the Varginha favela of Rio de Janeiro Saturday, July 20, 2013. Pope Francis will visit the favela on Thursday as part of the World Youth Day activities, celebrated July 22-28. (AP/Felipe Dana)

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Local street vendors prepare with Pope Francis T-shirts to commemorate the event.

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Houses that were removed and demolished to make way for the new train station (above).

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Amana Marinho, left, and her sister Jovenia pose in their house at the favela Varginha in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. They have been told that Pope Francis will visit their house on Thursday, July 25. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
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Olga Maria da Silva Leiva, her father, and her son Igor in their home in Varginha.

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A boy rides a horse in the contaminated section of the river in the Varginha favela Saturday, July 20. Pope Francis will visit the community on Thursday, as part of the World Youth Day activities on his first international trip. (AP/Felipe Dana)

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The inside of the Leiva's home.

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The streets of Varginha were newly paved for Pope Francis' visit.

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Police from the Unidad Policiaca de Pacificacion patrol the area of Varginha in the larger Manguinhos favela in Rio de Janeiro, which awaits the visit of Pope Francis. Photo from Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP/Felipe Dana)

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The soccer field where Pope Francis will speak to an open crowd.

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The Varginha Favela: Pope Francis' Visit Brings Hope To Brazil's Poor

Pope Francis is visiting the Brazilian slum Varginha as part of his trip to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day.

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