Pope leaves Philippines after drawing record crowd of 6 million
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Pope leaves Philippines after drawing record crowd of 6 million

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pope Francis has left the Philippines, Asia’s largest Catholic nation, after a trip that included a visit to Sri Lanka and drew what Filipino officials says was a record crowd of 6 million despite a stormy weather in a historic Manila park where he celebrated his final Mass.

President Benigno Aquino III, top church leaders and about 400 street children yelling “Pope Francis we love you,” joined the send off at a Manila air base before the pontiff boarded a Philippine Airlines plane that will take him back to Rome.