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Record crowd in Philippines as Pope concludes Asia trip

Huge crowds converged on a Manila park to see Pope Francis wrap up his Asian trip with an outdoor Mass expected to draw one of the largest crowds in Philippine history, and what is believed to be "the largest in the history of the popes".

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Pictures: Pope delivers mass in heavy rain and high winds

Pope Francis began a Mass near Tacloban airport wearing a transparent yellow poncho over his vestments as heavy rain and strong winds lashed a large crowd of worshippers, who stood amid puddles in a mud-soaked field.

Pope Francis (R), in a rain poncho, attends during a Mass near Tacloban airport Credit: Reuters
Pope delivers mass amid heavy rain and high winds. Credit: Reuters
Pilgrims brave rain and strong wind as they wait at Tacloban airport. Credit: Reuters

Speaking at the presidential palace on Friday, the Pope admired the "heroic strength, faith and resilience" shown by the Philippines as well as the solidarity people demonstrated after the typhoon.

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