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Instagrammers Capture Pope Francis’s Visit to Brazil

Want to see more real-time photos and videos of World Youth Day? Be sure to visit the #jmjrio2013 and #papafrancisco hashtags.

On Monday, Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and kicked off his six-day stay in the country for World Youth Day (#WYD), a major Roman Catholic youth festival. More than 1.5 million pilgrims from around the world are expected to make the trip to Rio for the event and a chance to see the pontiff in person. Despite recent protests and tensions in Brazil, Pope Francis will not use his traditional popemobile (#papamovel). As a sign of eased concern and in attempt to be closer to his constituents, he will instead employ two open jeeps.

World Youth Day will have five main events spread across a few key locations. Be sure to visit the location pages below to follow the festivities in real time on Instagram:


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Thousands Gather at the Vatican to Celebrate Selection of Pope Francis

Earlier today in Vatican City, thousands gathered to witness the selection of a new pope. The election came on the first full day of the cardinals’ conclave in the Sistine Chapel, and a week after Pope Benedict XVI’s final general audience. Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, addressed the crowd after his selection and will take the name Pope Francis.

Instagrammers were there capturing scenes from the announcement today. To view their photos, visit the Città Del Vaticano, Piazza San Pietro and Vatican City location pages.