Pope Francis offers a beach ball and a green sports jersey upon his return from Brazil to the Madonna at Rome's Saint Mary Major Basilica, in Italy, July 29.
Pope Francis answers reporters' questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil, July 29. Pope Francis said he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked.
Catholic pilgrims attending World Youth Day (WYD) crowd Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on July 28, after spending the night on the beach following a prayer vigil headed by Pope Francis. The city's mayor said he expects up to three million people to pack the beach on Sunday for the final mass of the pope's week-long visit to the tropical city.
Pope Francis waves and blesses the son of a policeman from the Popemobile as he arrives to celebrate Mass on Copacabana Beach during World Youth Day celebrations on July 28, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Clergy gather for Pope Francis' final mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, July 28.
Catholic pilgrims attending World Youth Day (WYD) take part in a prayer vigil headed by Pope Francis, at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on July 27.
Two Polish nuns stand on the beach as hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims attending World Youth Day (WYD) start gathering at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro for a prayer vigil with Pope Francis, on July 27.
Catholic youth await the arrival of Pope Francis on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, on July 26, 2013. Pope Francis on Thursday issued the first social manifesto of his young pontificate, telling slum dwellers in Brazil that the world's rich must do much more to wipe out vast inequalities between the haves and the have-nots.
A girl reacts as she is carried by a security officer to Pope Francis as he travels through the Gloria neighborhood in his popemobile on his way to the archbishops's palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 26.
Nuns, and a priest, take pictures as Pope Francis arrives at Sao Joaquim Palace in Rio de Janeiro, on July 26.
People attending World Youth Day bask in the sun along Rio de Janeiro's beachfront on July 26, during the week-long visit of Pope Francis to Brazil.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives for a World Youth Day celebration on the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 25.
The Catholic faithful listen to Pope Francis in the rain at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, on July 25.
Pope Francis waves from inside a Brazilian Air Force helicopter as he arrives at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday, July 25. Francis will address young Roman Catholics on Copacabana beach as Latin America's first pope continues his inaugural international trip as pontiff.
Thousands of young people gather at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Copacabana beachfront on July 25 for the welcoming of Pope Francis to World Youth Day ceremonies.
Pope Francis holds up an Olympic T-shirt with his name on it given to him in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 25. The shirt was given to him by Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. Pope Francis also blessed the Olympic flag.
Argentine youths wave their national flag during a gathering with Pope Francis at the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, on July 25. Pope Francis urged young Brazilians not to despair in the battle against corruption as he addressed their country's political problems in the wake of massive protests.
People await the arrival of Pope Francis in the Varghina favela, or shantytown, before Francis arrived for a tour on July 25, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Pope Francis blesses a child during his visit to the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 25. The slum has seen such rough violence in the past that it's known by locals as the Gaza Strip.
Pope Francis poses for a picture with the Brazilian military police outside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro on July 25.
People confess at confessional booths set up in Quinta da Boa Vista park on World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro on July 24. Pope Francis, receiving another rapturous welcome in Brazil urged young people to shun the "ephemeral idols" of money and pleasure and cherish traditional values to help build a better world.
A patient kisses the hand of Pope Francis at the Saint Francis Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, on July 24. Pope Francis took an unequivocal stand against legalization as a means to fight drug addiction and criticized the trend in Latin America to decriminalize narcotics. In his first public address on the issue, the new pontiff said that education was the way to end drug use during his visit to a hospital run by Franciscan monks.
Nuns from the Nossa Senhora dos Anjos monastery wait in line in the rain to attend Pope Francis' visit to the Hospital de Sao Francisco de Assis (Hospital of Saint Francis of Assisi) on July 24, in Rio de Janeiro. The nuns rarely leave the monastery.
Pope Francis waves to the faithful from the popemobile upon his arrival at the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida on July 24.
Pope Francis reaches out to kiss a child as he arrives at the Aparecida Basilicia on July 24.
People dance outside the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida ahead of Pope Francis' visit on July 24. The pope is participating in the week-long World Youth Day festival in Rio de Janeiro, from 22 to 28 July, his first trip overseas trip as pontiff.
Pilgrims line up as they wait in the rain to enter the Aparecida Basilica area for the arrival of Pope Francis on July 24.
Pilgrims attend the World Youth Day inaugural Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, July 23. The pope will participate in the festival but had a day of rest Tuesday after his arrival the day before.
A young woman protects herself from the rain during the World Youth Day (WYD) opening Mass at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on July 23.
Pope Francis waves as he leaves Guanabara Palace where he attended a welcoming ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on July 22.
Pope Francis waves from the popemobile on his way to the Guanabara Palace after his arrival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 22, 2013. Pope Francis landed in Brazil on Monday for his first overseas trip as pontiff to attend World Youth Day. Brazi is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population.
Pope Francis greets the crowd of faithful from his popemobile in downtown Rio de Janeiro on July 22.
A member of the security detail holds up a baby to Pope Francis as he makes his way into central Rio de Janeiro, on July 22.
People wait for Pope Francis to pass in an open-top jeep after his arrival in Rio de Janeiro on July 22.
Pope Francis waves to the crowd while departing the Metropolitan Cathedral in the popemobile after arriving in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Pope Francis visit upon his arrival at the international airport in Rio de Janeiro, on July 22. Francis, the 76-year-old Argentine who became the church's first pontiff from the Americas in March, returns to the embrace of Latin America to preside over the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival.
Pope Francis deplanes upon his arrival at the international airport in Rio de Janeiro on July 22.