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Pope Francis: Resist ‘idols’ of money, power, pleasure

  • Pope Francis kisses the book of Gospels as Vatican Master of ceremonies Guido Marini stands behind him during Mass inside the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis is on the third day of his trip to Brazil where he will attend the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

    Pope Francis kisses the book of Gospels as Vatican Master of ceremonies Guido Marini stands behind him during Mass inside the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis is on the third day of his trip to Brazil where he will attend the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

  • A woman prays during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis outside the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    A woman prays during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis outside the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

  • People reach out to wave to Pope Francis leaving on his popemobile after celebrating Mass in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    People reach out to wave to Pope Francis leaving on his popemobile after celebrating Mass in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Pope Francis reaches out to kiss a child as he arrives to the Aparecida Basilicia in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

    Pope Francis reaches out to kiss a child as he arrives to the Aparecida Basilicia in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

  • Pope Francis comments on the rain to pilgrims as he stands on a balcony at the Aparecida Basilica after celebrating Mass in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013.  Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

    Pope Francis comments on the rain to pilgrims as he stands on a balcony at the Aparecida Basilica after celebrating Mass in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

  • Pope Francis waves to pilgrims from his popemobile as he arrives to the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Pope Francis waves to pilgrims from his popemobile as he arrives to the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • A pilgrim waves a Brazilian flag covered with the Portuguese words "Welcome Pope Francis" as he waits for the arrival of Pope Francis outside Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will visit the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

    A pilgrim waves a Brazilian flag covered with the Portuguese words "Welcome Pope Francis" as he waits for the arrival of Pope Francis outside Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will visit the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

  • Pope Francis holds the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint, during Mass in Aparecida Basilica, in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Reverence for the figure of the Virgin Mary runs particularly deep in Latin America. The Vatican says that Pope Francis personally insisted that a trip to the Aparecida Basilica be added to his Brazilian visit agenda. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Pope Francis holds the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint, during Mass in Aparecida Basilica, in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Reverence for the figure of the Virgin Mary runs particularly deep in Latin America. The Vatican says that Pope Francis personally insisted that a trip to the Aparecida Basilica be added to his Brazilian visit agenda. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • Pilgrims wave to Pope Francis as he arrives to the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, arrived to the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida.  (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Pilgrims wave to Pope Francis as he arrives to the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, arrived to the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Members of the clergy listen to Pope Francis, center right, as he gives Mass inside Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013.  Francis celebrated the first public Mass of his trip to Brazil after praying before the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Members of the clergy listen to Pope Francis, center right, as he gives Mass inside Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Francis celebrated the first public Mass of his trip to Brazil after praying before the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis outside Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will visit the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

    Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis outside Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will visit the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

  • Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he arrives to Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, arrived to the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he arrives to Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, arrived to the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

  • A woman is carried away after she fainted while waiting for Pope Francis at the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

    A woman is carried away after she fainted while waiting for Pope Francis at the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

  • Pope Francis arrives in a helicopter to the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

    Pope Francis arrives in a helicopter to the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

  • Pilgrims wait under the rain for the arrival of Pope Francis outside the Aparecida basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the statue of this particular Brazilian Mary.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Pilgrims wait under the rain for the arrival of Pope Francis outside the Aparecida basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the statue of this particular Brazilian Mary.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Pilgrims walk their way through the entrance to the Aparecida basilica area for the arrival of Pope Francis in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday July 24, 2013. On Wednesday, Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the statue of this particular Brazilian Mary.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Pilgrims walk their way through the entrance to the Aparecida basilica area for the arrival of Pope Francis in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday July 24, 2013. On Wednesday, Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the statue of this particular Brazilian Mary.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Pilgrims wait under the rain outside the Aparecida basilica for the arrival of Pope Francis in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday July 24, 2013. On Wednesday, Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the statue of this particular Brazilian Mary.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Pilgrims wait under the rain outside the Aparecida basilica for the arrival of Pope Francis in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday July 24, 2013. On Wednesday, Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the statue of this particular Brazilian Mary.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Pope Francis carries the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint, at the Aparecida Basilica where he celebrated Mass in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Reverence for the figure of the Virgin Mary runs particularly deep in Latin America. The Vatican says that Pope Francis personally insisted that a trip to the Aparecida Basilica be added to his Brazilian visit agenda. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Pope Francis carries the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint, at the Aparecida Basilica where he celebrated Mass in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Reverence for the figure of the Virgin Mary runs particularly deep in Latin America. The Vatican says that Pope Francis personally insisted that a trip to the Aparecida Basilica be added to his Brazilian visit agenda. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

  • Pope Francis kisses the book of Gospels as Vatican Master of ceremonies Guido Marini stands behind him during Mass inside the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis is on the third day of his trip to Brazil where he will attend the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
  • A woman prays during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis outside the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • People reach out to wave to Pope Francis leaving on his popemobile after celebrating Mass in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Pope Francis reaches out to kiss a child as he arrives to the Aparecida Basilicia in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
  • Pope Francis comments on the rain to pilgrims as he stands on a balcony at the Aparecida Basilica after celebrating Mass in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013.  Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
  • Pope Francis waves to pilgrims from his popemobile as he arrives to the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • A pilgrim waves a Brazilian flag covered with the Portuguese words "Welcome Pope Francis" as he waits for the arrival of Pope Francis outside Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will visit the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
  • Pope Francis holds the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint, during Mass in Aparecida Basilica, in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Reverence for the figure of the Virgin Mary runs particularly deep in Latin America. The Vatican says that Pope Francis personally insisted that a trip to the Aparecida Basilica be added to his Brazilian visit agenda. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
  • Pilgrims wave to Pope Francis as he arrives to the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, arrived to the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida.  (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Members of the clergy listen to Pope Francis, center right, as he gives Mass inside Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013.  Francis celebrated the first public Mass of his trip to Brazil after praying before the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
  • Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis outside Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will visit the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
  • Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he arrives to Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, arrived to the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • A woman is carried away after she fainted while waiting for Pope Francis at the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
  • Pope Francis arrives in a helicopter to the Aparecida Basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of faithful flocked to the tiny town of Aparecida, tucked into an agricultural region halfway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he is to celebrate the first public Mass of his trip in a massive basilica dedicated to the nation's patron saint. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
  • Pilgrims wait under the rain for the arrival of Pope Francis outside the Aparecida basilica in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday July 24, 2013. Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the statue of this particular Brazilian Mary.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Pilgrims walk their way through the entrance to the Aparecida basilica area for the arrival of Pope Francis in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday July 24, 2013. On Wednesday, Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the statue of this particular Brazilian Mary.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Pilgrims wait under the rain outside the Aparecida basilica for the arrival of Pope Francis in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday July 24, 2013. On Wednesday, Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, will fly over farmland and sugar cane fields to visit the mammoth basilica that holds the statue of this particular Brazilian Mary.(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Pope Francis carries the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint, at the Aparecida Basilica where he celebrated Mass in Aparecida, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Reverence for the figure of the Virgin Mary runs particularly deep in Latin America. The Vatican says that Pope Francis personally insisted that a trip to the Aparecida Basilica be added to his Brazilian visit agenda. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Pope Francis made an emotional plea yesterday for Roman Catholics to shun materialism in the first public Mass of his initial international trip as pontiff, then echoed that theme when he met with drug addicts at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

The session with addicts was meant to drive home the message that the humble pope has repeatedly delivered during his short papacy: that the church must focus on the poor, those who are suffering and the outcasts of society.

During his speech outside the hospital, Francis stuck with the theme of faith and sacrifice that he spoke about earlier in the day during his homily in Aparecida, a small town halfway between Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil, that is home to one of the most important shrines in Latin America. The pontiff urged Catholics to resist the “ephemeral idols” of money, power and pleasure.

Thousands packed into the huge Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in an agricultural region of verdant fields. Tens of thousands more braved a cold rain outside to catch a glimpse of the first pope from the Americas returning to a shrine of great meaning to the continent and to Francis.

Before the Mass, Francis stood in silent prayer in front of the 15-inch statue of the Virgin of Aparecida, the “Black Mary,” his eyes tearing up as he breathed heavily. He later carried it in his arms. Francis has entrusted his papacy to the Virgin Mary and, like many Catholics in Latin America, places great importance in devotion to Mary.

After his Mass, the pope blessed the tens of thousands gathered outside the basilica and announced that he would return to Aparecida in 2017, the year that marks the 300th anniversary of a fisherman finding the Black Mary statue in a nearby river.

Back in Rio, Francis arrived outside the simple white and yellow hospital in a closed car under a cold rain, and bounded out of his vehicle not bothering to wait for an umbrella. He entered a small chapel where a group of young Franciscan friars waited excitedly, then headed back out into the rain to greet a group of people in wheelchairs.

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