Monday, January 19, 2015

Pope Francis in Philippine Capital Manila: Six Million Attend Outdoor Mass

Filipino dancers were there to celebrate
PHILIPPINES---Six million people attended the ceremony or lined the Papal route to Rizal Park, city officials estimate. That would be a record for a papal event. About five million welcomed Pope John Paul II in Manila in 1995. The Vatican said Pope Francis had dedicated the service in part to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the country in 2013. The Mass will be the Pope's final full day in the Philippines, where there are 80 million Catholics, concluding his six-day tour of Asia.[link]

An aerial view of Rizal Park shows the millions attending Mass