RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There's one last rally in Rio for Pope Francis, who is expected to draw millions of people for Mass today on the white sands of Copacabana beach.
Rapturous crowds have been the rule during the pope's visit to Brazil during the World Youth Day celebration.
A vigil on the beach last night drew a reported 3 million flag-waving, rosary-toting faithful, who overflowed Copacabana beach's 2.5 miles of white sand.
Rio's mayor estimates that Francis might draw another 3 million people today.
Yesterday's vigil capped a busy day for the pope in which he drove home a message he has emphasized throughout the week in speeches, homilies and off-the-cuff remarks: the need for Catholics, lay and religious, to shake up the status quo, get out of their stuffy sacristies and reach the faithful on the margins of society or risk losing them to rival churches.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials will advise against swimming rather than close beaches at state parks when tests determine bacteria are high.
The changes come after Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation this month dealing with the Department of Natural Resources. The law took effect immediately.
Officials take samples each week at state park beaches during the recreation season. Beaches were closed when tests showed high E. coli. Now signs will be posted that state "Swimming is Not Recommended." A beach still can be closed when there is a documented health risk.
Supporters say the advisory better informs the public about actual water conditions and protects them without unduly alarming them. An environmental advocate says a sign does not prevent people from entering the water.
A fatal accident shut down Eastbound I-44 on Saturday.
A man driving a pickup truck ran into an empty police car that was parked there to divert traffic after an earlier accident. The truck ricocheted into a tractor trailer. The pickup then burst into flames.
The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene.