Pope leaves: Asia after record 6M attend Mass

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_ITA130418AA001.jpegMANILA — Pope Francis has left the Philippines, Asia's largest Catholic nation, after a trip that drew what Filipino officials say was a record crowd of 6 million people who braved the rain Sunday to see the pontiff.

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 for the trip back to Rome.

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