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STORY: Pope Francis ended his traditional blessing in St. Peter's Square on Sunday by asking everyone to pray for his trip to Brazil which he will start on Monday.
Under blazing sunshine, crowds of pilgrims gathered in the square with flags from around the world and a huge banner reading 'Buon Viaggio', (Have a good trip).
"I can see written down there 'Buon Viaggio'. Thank you! Thank you!" said Pope Francis smiling with enthusiasm.
"I ask you to accompany me spiritually in prayer in my travels from tomorrow. As you know, I will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the occasion of the 28th World Youth Day. There will be many young people there from every part of the world, and I think that we can call this the Youth Week, yes, that's right, it's truly the Week of Youth. The protagonists in this week will be the young people," said Pope Francis.
As has become his habit, his last words to the crowds were to enjoy their Sunda