Pope Francis mesmerizes crowds of millions in Ecuador and Bolivia

Pope Francis is on his tour of Latin America, and ... more

The Argentine-born pontiff  attracted some 1.5 million people to Masses in Ecuador on the first leg of a three-nation “homecoming” tour. AFP
1/9The Argentine-born pontiff attracted some 1.5 million people to Masses in Ecuador on the first leg of a three-nation “homecoming” tour. AFP
A bishop takes a snapshot before Pope Francis celebrates an open-air mass at the Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, on 7 July. AFP
2/9A bishop takes a snapshot before Pope Francis celebrates an open-air mass at the Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, on 7 July. AFP
A man poses for a photo with a life size cutout of Pope Francis at Bicentennial Park in Ecuador. Francis told faithful in Ecuador that being model Catholics is the best form of evangelization. AP
3/9A man poses for a photo with a life size cutout of Pope Francis at Bicentennial Park in Ecuador. Francis told faithful in Ecuador that being model Catholics is the best form of evangelization. AP
Thousands of pilgrims braved wind and rain to camp out overnight for a mass to be given by Francis in Ecuador’s highland capital Quito. AFP
4/9Thousands of pilgrims braved wind and rain to camp out overnight for a mass to be given by Francis in Ecuador’s highland capital Quito. AFP
Pope Francis waves from a popemobile in El Quinche, Ecuador, on 8 July, 2015. Francis also raised environmental issues, saying protecting the planet was no longer a choice, and called for a new “social justice” where access to the earth’s resources would be based on equality. Reuters
5/9Pope Francis waves from a popemobile in El Quinche, Ecuador, on 8 July, 2015. Francis also raised environmental issues, saying protecting the planet was no longer a choice, and called for a new “social justice” where access to the earth’s resources would be based on equality. Reuters
A seminarian kisses a crucifix as he waits for the arrival of Pope Francis, at Christ the Redeemer square in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Hundreds of thousands packed the square and the streets beyond. Overnight, several thousand slept in square to get a spot close to the front. AP
6/9A seminarian kisses a crucifix as he waits for the arrival of Pope Francis, at Christ the Redeemer square in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Hundreds of thousands packed the square and the streets beyond. Overnight, several thousand slept in square to get a spot close to the front. AP
Pope Francis rides on a Popemobile through the crowd at Cristo Redentor square in Santa Cruz, Bolivia—South America’s poorest nation. Francis, at an open mass for hundreds of thousands, asked followers to reject today’s consumer society and help the poor. Reuters
7/9Pope Francis rides on a Popemobile through the crowd at Cristo Redentor square in Santa Cruz, Bolivia—South America’s poorest nation. Francis, at an open mass for hundreds of thousands, asked followers to reject today’s consumer society and help the poor. Reuters
Bolivian natives listen to Pope Francis. Pope Francis, history’s first Latin American pope apologized for the sins of the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during America’s colonial-era conquests. AFP
8/9Bolivian natives listen to Pope Francis. Pope Francis, history’s first Latin American pope apologized for the sins of the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during America’s colonial-era conquests. AFP
Bolivian President Evo Morales handed Pope Francis a “Communist crucifix”—a crucifix mounted on a carved wooden hammer and sickle on Thursday. Though Francis was surprised by the gesture, Bolivia said it was not a political move. Reuters
9/9Bolivian President Evo Morales handed Pope Francis a “Communist crucifix”—a crucifix mounted on a carved wooden hammer and sickle on Thursday. Though Francis was surprised by the gesture, Bolivia said it was not a political move. Reuters
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