South America's first pope made his first trip back to South America and it sure looks like everyone had a lot of fun. Pope Francis's first overseas trip since being elected earlier this year was a visit to the Catholic Church's annual World Youth Day is Rio de Janeiro, which is also gearing up to host both the World Cup and the Summer Olympics in the next three years. Even though he is from neighboring Argentina, the Brazilians welcomed him with open arms and plenty of fanfare.
The five-day trip wasn't totally without its glitches. The subway broke down one day, stranding thousands of worshippers who were hoping to get to the Pope's massive Mass on the beach. Demonstrations that roiled the city in recent months continued after his arrival, and the people who normally follow around the pope to protest organized religion could be found too. (Saying he wanted "trouble in the dioceses" probably didn't sit well with a few people either.) But in general the crowds were friendly, enthusiastic and huge. An estimated two million people came out for the Youth Day event and the Pope's Mass, despite heavy rains that soaked the city during the week.