Pope leaves Manila, overwhelmed by millions who cheered him

January 19, 2015 9:44 AM

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Pope Francis flew home Monday after a weeklong trip to Asia, where he called for unity in Sri Lanka after a civil war and asked Filipinos to be "missionaries of the faith" in the world's most populous continent after a record crowd joined his final Mass in the Philippine capital.

President Benigno Aquino III, Catholic church leaders and about 400 street children yelling "Pope Francis we love you" saw him off at a Manila air base, where the pontiff, carrying a black travel bag, boarded a Philippine Airlines plane for Rome. Standing at the top of the stairs, the pope waved, sl...

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