Huge turnout as pope urges Filipinos to reject corruption

January 16, 2015 7:02 AM

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MANILA, Philippines: Pope Francis called on Filipinos to reject the corruption that has plagued this Asian nation for decades and urged them to instead work to end its “scandalous” poverty as he brought his message of social justice to Filipinos who cheered him wildly at every turn.

The remarkably enthusiastic reception on Francis’ first full day in Asia’s largest Catholic nation came despite an unprecedented level of security that prevented the pope from diving into the crowds as he typically likes to do. Rather, Francis waved from the car window or popemobile as his motorcade...

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