Pope Francis leads a huge open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd of millions in the Philippine capital. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT, NO REPORTER NARRATION Pope Francis celebrated a huge open-air Mass with millions of crowd of rain-drenched people in the Philippine capital on Sunday (January 18). City officials said some 4 million people were in Manila's Rizal Park and more in surrounding areas to witness the event that caps Francis's week-long trip to Asia. Some people in the capital of Asia's only predominantly Catholic country had waited during the night for gates to open at dawn. The gates opened nine hours before the start of the Mass, which was due to last nearly three hours. In his homily, the Pope urged Filipinos to shun "social structures which perpetuate poverty, ignorance and corruption", a theme he stressed when he held talks with President Benigno Aquino on Friday. Aquino attended the Mass. Organisers had said they had expected as many as 6 million people, more than the 5 million who flocked to a Mass there by Pope John Paul 20 years ago.