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In pictures: Pope in Brazil

Pope Benedict XVI and his entourage disembark in Sao Paulo

Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in Brazil for a five-day visit, his first as pontiff to the world's most populous Catholic country.

Pope Benedict XVI speaks to journalists on the flight to Sao Paulo

On the flight to Sao Paulo, the Pope spoke to journalists, describing his opposition to any move to legalise abortion in Roman Catholic countries.

The Pope in his popemobile in downtown Sao Paulo

The Pope was met by President Lula, and later made his way through the streets of Sao Paulo by "popemobile".

Crowds cheer the Pope in Sao Paulo

Large crowds gathered in Sao Paulo to hear the pontiff speak for the first time on his visit.

The Pope addressing crowds

The Pope spoke from behind a protective screen at the Sao Bento monastery, where he is staying while in the city.

Pope Benedict XVI praying at Sao Bento monastery

The Pope prayed at a chapel in the monastery in the evening after his arrival.

Crowds in Sao Paulo

During his visit the Pope will address a gathering of youth, amid concerns over dwindling membership of the Church in the region.

Pope Benedict and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (r)

The divisive issue of abortion has overshadowed talks between the Pope and the Brazilian president but it has not been directly discussed.

A sign hangs over the Cathedral of Aparecida do Norte, Sao Paulo State, Brazil

On Sunday, the Pope will open a conference of Latin American bishops in the sanctuary town of Aparecida.

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