Pope asks youth to change world at Brazil mass

Hundreds of thousand of people crowded Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro today to hear the Pope’s final mass of his visit to Brazil. Rio’s famed Copacabana beach, usually known for its scantily-clan sen seekers and revelry, took on a more serious role as Pope Francis concluded the youth festival by urging young people to…

Rio prepares for World Youth Day

Hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics have gathered at Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the opening of the World Youth Day Festival. The highlight of the festival will be the visit by Pope Francis on Thursday. The Pope arrived on Monday for his first trip abroad since becoming the head of the…

Top tips for the early Brazil World Cup traveller

Follow this great guide extracted from the Guardian to avoid ripoffs, punchups and running out of money in Rio next year. Where to stay and where to find hotel bargains in Rio The best place to stay is in the Copacabana tourist trap. For those looking for more upmarket neighbourhoods, try further down the beach…