Ecstatic Filipinos welcome pope; 1st papal visit in 20 years

January 15, 2015 11:55 AM

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ecstatic crowds greeted Pope Francis as he arrived Thursday in the Philippines, Asia's most populous Catholic nation, for the first papal visit in 20 years.

Church bells tolled across the country and hundreds of children danced and waved small Philippine and Vatican flags as the pontiff emerged from the plane and was welcomed by well-wishers led by President Benigno Aquino III. A sudden gust of wind blew off his papal cap seconds after he appeared, and ...

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