Pope Francis leads outdoor mass in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA - Pope Francis left the parkway where he celebrated Mass for hundreds of thousands of people, on his way to the airport after a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States.

As he finished Mass, he made a request with a smile: "I ask you to pray for me. Don't forget."

He will meet privately before his flight to Rome with about 400 leaders of the World Meeting of Families, supporters and other volunteers who helped organize his trip to Philadelphia.

As people start leaving the Mass, crews are going around with waste carts emptying filled garbage and recycling cans. Hawkers are selling water, soda and papal merchandise.

Francis said in his homily at the Mass that everyone should be open to miracles of love for the sake of families around the world.

 

Earlier Sunday, he visited the largest jail in Philadelphia to speak with inmates and their families.

Read more on the Pope's visit here. 

 

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