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Jubilant Philippines Greets Pope Francis

The highlight will be a huge open air Mass on Sunday

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Manila: Pope Francis is in the Philippines for a five-day visit keenly awaited by the nation's 80 million Roman Catholics.

A huge crowd was on hand to welcome the pope, who was greeted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino as he got off the plane.

The highlight will be a huge open air Mass on Sunday in the capital, Manila, where some six million people are expected to turn out.

He will also visit Tacloban to meet survivors of a devastating typhoon in November 2013.

The pontiff's visit to the Philippines is the first since Pope John Paul II's in 1995.

Pope Francis left for the Philippines from Sri Lanka, where he called for unity in the conflict-hit nation and canonized its first saint.

On Wednesday, the pope called for harmony and forgiveness during a sermon in Sri Lanka's war-torn north. Tens of thousands from across the country's religious and ethnic divide gathered at the Our Lady of Madhu shrine to hear his message.

Rebels unsuccessfully fought a 25-year civil war for independence in the Tamil-dominated north

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