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Frenzied crowds greet Pope Francis in Brazil

A small explosive device was found Sunday near a religious shrine in Brazil that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit later this week, Sao Paulo military police announced just few hours after the pope arrived on Monday, reported CNN.

The homemade device was found July 21, during police training in Aparecida, the site of a massive shrine to the Virgin Mary, Brazilian police said. It was constructed out of a small, plastic cylinder and duct tape.

A special tactical group detonated the explosive without causing any injuries, according to the police.

The pope is scheduled to travel to the national shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida on Wednesday. He is scheduled to preach and celebrate Mass at the shrine. Neither Vatican nor Brazilian officials have said those plans will change.

On Monday, thousands of Brazilians mobbed the Pope's car after his driver went the wrong way down a street in Rio de Janeiro - reports Sky News.

The Fiat that Francis was riding in from the airport to the city centre turned into the wrong side of a 12-lane road, known as Avenida Presidente Vargas. Thousands who had lined the streets then rushed the car, reaching into the Pope's open window, many taking photos of him.

Pope Francis, who is on a seven-day trip to his home continent, then switched to an open-air Popemobile as he toured around the main streets in downtown Rio. At the official welcoming ceremony later, Pope Francis said he had come "to meet young people from all over the world" attracted by the messages of Jesus.

During his stay, the 76-year-old will meet with young Catholics converging for the church's World Youth Festival in Rio. More than one million people are expected to pack the white sands of Copacabana for ceremonies presided over by Pope Francis.

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