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Pope Francis capped his weeklong visit to Brazil for World Youth Day by holding a mass Sunday on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro that an estimated 3 million people attended. Later in the day, be boarded a plane to return home to Rome. “By various measures, Francis’s first international trip since he was named pope this year was a success,” Simon Romero reported in Monday’s New York Times. “The 76-year-old Argentine, a Jesuit who is the first pope from the Americas, was greeted like a rock star by attendees to a conference of Catholic youth. He urged people to combat corruption, a top grievance in the protests shaking Brazil, and called on bishops to focus on the pragmatic needs of congregants, shifting emphasis from the abuse scandals that have plagued the Vatican for years.” Throughout the week, Francis made several public appearances every day. Some of his remarks focused specifically on the Catholic Church. However, the significant portion of his comments are also very applicable to a broader Christian audience; here are 10 such quotations.

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"Bringing the Gospel is bringing God's power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers and selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world.”

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"Jesus is speaking to each one of us, saying: ‘It was wonderful to take part in World Youth Day, to live the faith together with young people from the four corners of the earth, but now you must go, now you must pass on this experience to others.’ Jesus is calling you to be a disciple with a mission!”

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"There are no borders, no limits: He sends us to everyone. … Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent.”

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"You must not let yourselves be marginalized. Faith in Christ is not a joke. The only sure way is the way of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus.”

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"How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage which is so essential for each and every society!”

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"(Jesus is united with all who suffer, including those who) have lost their faith in the church, or even in God, because of the lack of consistency of Christians and ministers of the gospel.”

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"Jesus offers us something bigger than the World Cup.”

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"Dear young people, let us entrust ourselves to Jesus, let us give ourselves over entirely to him! Only in Christ crucified and risen can we find salvation and redemption. With him, evil, suffering and death do not have the last word, because he gives us hope and life: He has transformed the cross from an instrument of hate, defeat and death into a sign of love, victory and life.”

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"Jesus is united with so many young people who have lost faith in political institutions, because they see in them only selfishness and corruption.”

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"What do I hope for from World Youth Day? I hope ... that the church takes to the streets, that we defend ourselves from comfort, that we defend ourselves from clericalism.”

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