More than 6 million attend largest Papal Mass in history

January 22, 2015 by  
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Pope Francis greets worshippersPhilippines, January 19, 2015: More than six million people in Manila have attended what is thought to be the largest Papal Mass in history, reports The Catholic Herald.

Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, said Filipino authorities estimated between six and seven million attended the Mass in Rizal Park on the last full day of the Pope’s four-day visit to Asia’s largest Catholic nation.

“We are not able to count all these people, obviously, or to verify this, but in any case, we have seen so many people that we believe that it is possible,” Fr Lombardi said during a briefing, according to Reuters.

“If this is true, and we think it is, this is the largest event in the history of the popes.”

Celebrating the feast of the Santo Niño, or Holy Child, Francis described the Christ Child as “the protector of this great country.”

He said: “When he came into the world, his very life was threatened by a corrupt king. Jesus himself needed to be protected. He had an earthly protector: St Joseph. He had an earthly family, the Holy Family of Nazareth. So he reminds us of the importance of protecting our families, and those larger families which are the Church, God’s family, and the world, our human family.

“Sadly, in our day, the family all too often needs to be protected against insidious attacks and programmes contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture.”

– cns

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