Ponchos at the ready for Pope’s tour in Manila

An estimated of six million people flocked to Manila Rizal park yesterday to attend the final mass of Pope Francis’ five-day to the Philippines. The turn out breaks the record set by the last pope to say mass in the same park – John Paul II in 1995, when five million people attended.

The pope is a revered figure in the Philippines, where 80% of the population is devoutly Catholic. Many at the mass considered his visit as a once in a lifetime experience.

Chiqui Tulaio had arrived at the venue hours before the mass began, to try to find a good place to stand along the motorcade route. “He is a second Jesus for us, a second father for Filipinos.” she said.

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