Robinho is another Brazilian footballer for whom religion plays an important role.  Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

In the corridor of souvenir shops near the vast, red-brick hangar of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, just down from the (...)

Riot police fire rubber bullets at demonstrators during clashes near Guanabara Palace where Pope Francis met President Dilma Rousseff in Rio de Janeiro, on Monday. Photograph: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

TOM HENNIGANEcstatic crowds have greeted Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro on his first return to his home continent since becoming head of the Catholic (...)