Below are some striking shots from Pope Francis' third day in Brazil for World Youth Day 2013 -- the last one is my personal favorite. All images are from Catholic News Service.
A boy waves a flag along with other pilgrims as Pope Francis arrives at Brazil's Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida July 24.
Pope Francis kisses a boy as he arrives at Brazil's Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida.
Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives in a rainstorm at Brazil's Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida.
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Brazil's Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida.
Pope Francis kisses the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, presented to him by Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida.
An Italian pilgrim video records Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian bishops' conference, giving his homily to pilgrims during Mass at a church in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
Pilgrims gather at the Rio Vivo Welcome Center in Rio de Janeiro during Mass with New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan. The site will feature prayer and worship experiences, music, media and videos, motivational speakers, cultural presentations and networking activities for World Youth Day pilgrims.
People endure the rain as they watch Pope Francis from outdoors at St. Francis of Assisi Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. At the hospital, the pope addressed a group of recovering drug addicts offering them a message of compassion and hope as well as a call to self-determination.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the Hospital of St. Francis of Assisi. The pope personally added the hospital to his World Youth Day itinerary, which had been planned under his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.
A nun wears a clown nose smiles as Pope Francis meets with patients, family and staff at St. Francis of Assisi Hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
Pope Francis greets a man after addressing a group of recovering drug addicts at the St. Francis of Assisi Hospital.