The enormous number of devotees who attended the Mass at the Rizal Park in Manila on Sunday stunned Pope Francis, according to Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
“I can not fathom the faith of the simple people,” Tagle quoted the Pope as saying after the mass was over.
Tagle acted as the pontiff’s chaperone throughout the trip.
People who attended the Mass exuded excitement, love and respect.
Pope Francis drew a record six million people in the rain-swept Philippines capital, delivering a powerful message for the poor to a rapturous audience in a triumphant finale to an Asian tour.
“The Philippines is the foremost Catholic country in Asia. This is itself a special gift of God, a blessing,” the pontiff told the vast crowd.
“But it is also a vocation. Filipinos are called to be outstanding missionaries of the faith in Asia.” AFP