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A mask-making factory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Photograph by Sergio Moraes, Reuters

Christine Dell'Amore

National Geographic News

Published April 29, 2013

A worker finishes up a Pope Francis costume mask at a factory assembly line in São Gonçalo, Brazil, on April 16.

Pope Francis of Argentina—the first Latin American pope—confirmed that he will go to Rio de Janeiro at the end of July to take part in the Catholic Church's World Day of Youth, a gathering of Catholic young people that takes place in a different city every two years, according to Reuters.

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"This image is very graphic—it's all about the repeating pattern of the masks and the larger shapes within the composition, like the concentric circles on the table and black rectangular light, as well as the smaller yellow shapes beneath it. What makes this picture unique, however, is the creepiness of the artificial faces looking upward, some staring directly into the viewer's eyes."—Ben Fitch, associate photo editor

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