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Pope Francis left Brazil after leading a giant beach mass for three million pilgrims, ending his historic trip to reignite Catholic passion with pleas for a humbler Church. 

People crowd Copacabana beach on Sunday as Pope Francis (on screen) celebrates the final mass of his Brazil visit. Pope Francis celebrated a farewell mass before three million pilgrims, urging young Catholics to spread the gospel as he ended a trip aimed at re-energizing his flock.

The first Latin American-born pontiff flew back to Rome hours after addressing a sea of faithful who waved flags, danced and chanted "long live the pope!" on the crescent-shaped shoreline of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

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