Nightly News   |  July 27, 2013

Pope discusses Church exodus

Pope Francis said Saturday the Church should ask itself why so many people are leaving the faith of their fathers. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

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>>> to brazil where today pope francis challenged the clergy to step outside their churches and communities and ministering directly to the people in their parishes. ann thompson is traveling with the pope in rio de janeiro tonight.

>> good evening, lester . they are shoulder to shoulder on kopa cabana beach. some 3 million people are estimated to be here for tonight's vigil and tomorrow's mass. traditionally the biggest events of world youth day . pope francis is also here on this joyous occasion, but earlier in the day he had some strong words for the church and the clergy. he criticized the church for being too distant from people's needs, too cold and too caught up in itself. are we a church, he asked, still capable of warming hearts? he urged priests and nuns to get out into their communities, to meet people where they're at and speak in words they understand. efforts he hopes will bring people back to the church. now, it wasn't all serious today and, lester , we just had to show you this video of some archbishops trying to learn the flash dance that they're going to perform tomorrow before the mass. clearly, they have some work to do. many people are going to spend the night here out on kopa cabana beach, and they will get up early tomorrow morning for mass. lester .

>> all right, ann thompson in rio tonight. thank you.