Up to 1 million Pinoys welcome Pope Francis – MMDA

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Up to 1 million Pinoys welcome Pope Francis – MMDA
Between 800,000 and 1 million people are eager to see the charismatic pontiff on his first day in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Up to a million Filipinos welcomed Pope Francis on Thursday, January 15, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that between 800,000 and 1 million people turned out to see the Pope upon his arrival at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City and along the route of the Popemobile’s motorcade to the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.

On Monday, Pope Francis waved to the crowd as his popemobile made its way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila. The motorcade went smoothly and quickly, contrary to worst expectations.

Pope Francis is in the Philippines for a 5-day trip. The focus of the trip is his visit to areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda. – with a report from Bea Cupin/Rappler.com

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