Pope wows the crowds with first papal visit to Ecuador in 30 years

Pope wows the crowds with first papal visit to Ecuador in 30 years
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Pope Francis has met the President of Ecuador on the first leg of what is being dubbed his “homecoming” tour of South America. This is the first

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Pope Francis has met the President of Ecuador on the first leg of what is being dubbed his “homecoming” tour of South America.

This is the first visit by a pope to Ecuador in 30 years and hundreds of thousands have turned out to welcome the pontiff.

“I give a blessing to each one of you, for your families, and for this great people, the noble Ecuadorian people,” he said.

The pope spoke to an open-air mass attended by an estimated 800,000 people.

Many more lined nearby roads to catch a glimpse of the papal motorcade.

After Ecuador, the pope will visit Bolivia and Paraguay.

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