Papal Mass in Philippines keeps focus on the poor

January 19, 2015 5:35 AM

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MANILA, Philippines — As he celebrated Sunday Mass before a crowd of millions in a cornerstone of Catholicism in Asia, Pope Francis stressed the need to care for the world’s poor, a theme he repeated throughout his five-day visit to the Philippines.

He also touched on the subject of the environment, a topic he is expected to address in depth in an encyclical later this year.

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