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Pope Francis leads mass at Bahrain National Stadium

Pope Francis leads mass at Bahrain National Stadium

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Pope Francis upon his arrival at Bahrain National Stadium

About 30,000 people participated in a mass presided over by Pope Francis in Bahrain on Saturday morning.

A spokesman for the Bahrain government said that the participants in the mass represent 111 nationalities, according to what was reported by Reuters news agency.

During mass, I read prayers in different languages ​​spoken by foreign workers. Tears also filled the eyes of some worshipers as they waited to see the 85-year-old pope at the Bahrain National Stadium, the largest arena in the kingdom.

Francis, who uses a wheelchair and a walking stick because of knee problems, smiled and waved to the crowds from the open-sided papal car where he was seated, flanked by more than a dozen security guards and escorts.