Pope Francis celebrates his final mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, in which he called for “a church capable of walking beside people, of doing more than simply listening to them”. Photograph:  Reuters/Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis closed his week-long visit to Brazil yesterday by calling on young Catholics to go out from their parishes and evangelise among the “i(...)

Pope Francis greets  the faithful as he arrives at the shrine of the Madonna of Aparecida, whom Catholics venerate as the patron of Brazil, in  Sao Paulo state  yesterday. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

This week’s visit of Latin America’s first pontiff to his home continent is rich in symbolism, something at which Pope Francis has excelled since his (...)