The pontiff fielded journalists' questions openly while flying back from Rio. Again and again, the Pope's human touch and unscripted manner caught people's imaginations.
He has made it his mission to tear down walls. After five years in office, Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, has become a theological and political pop star. DW looks back on his papacy so far.
Marielle Franco, a rising star of Brazilian politics, has been murdered in what appeared to be a political assassination. Franco had accused Rio's police of killing innocent people in their battle with drug gangs.
Pope Francis has given the traditional Urbi et Orbi message and blessing for Easter to Catholic followers around the world from the Vatican. His Easter Vigil Mass gave emphasis to hope.
The brutal gang rape of a teenager by more than 30 men has shocked Brazil, where violence against women is endemic and often goes unreported. Some of the suspects broadcast their act on Twitter.
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