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Now that’s mass. A record breaking 6 million people turnedout for Pope Francis’s final day in Manila, Philippines, as the Catholic leaderended his pilgrimage of Asia. During his weeklong tour, which started in Sri Lanka,focused on children as the future of the faith as Asia reports the only growingnumber of Catholic citizens. “We need to see each child as a gift to bewelcomed, cherished and protected,” Francis said. “And we need to care foryoung people, not allowing them to be robbed of hope and condemned to a life onthe streets.” The total outcome, which included those gathering in Rizal parkand the motorcade route, surpassed the previous record of 5 million set in 1995for St. John Paul II’s final Mass in the same park.