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"It doesn't matter, we will starve."
-- Peruvian pilgrim Isabel Pugo on the wait for Pope Francis
"It will stop when Francis arrives."
-- Argentine pilgrim Diego Palacios of the rain in Copacabana.
"There's a clear surge in faith in the South. ... Devotion is very strong."
25 July 3:10 p.m. EDT
An area equivalent to seven football fields was cleared to accommodate the venue where the pontiff was scheduled to hold his largest Mass Sunday. The Mass has been moved to Copacabana beach.
The area was so large that organizers had to manufacture the 4,673 portable toilets to accommodate the hundreds of thousands that would have attended. There were not enough portable toilets in the country available.
-- Jenny Barchfield, AP reporter based in Rio de Janeiro
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