Philippines locks down part of capital to secure crowd-adoring celebrity pope

January 15, 2015 4:15 AM

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MANILA, Philippines – The last pope to visit the Philippines was the target of militants whose plot was uncovered days before his arrival. The one before that was wounded by an attacker who posed as a priest to get close to him.

And now Pope Francis, a man with a penchant for breaking out of security cordons to meet ecstatic crowds, is giving Philippine authorities daunting security challenges beginning with his arrival Thursday and topped by an outdoor Mass on Sunday that could draw a record 6 million people.

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