Image of Asia: Crowding into a seafront park to see the pope

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Posted: Jan 14, 2015 9:09 AM
Image of Asia: Crowding into a seafront park to see the pope

In this photo by Alessandra Tarantino, the seafront Galle Face Green is filled with more than half a million people to see Pope Francis lead the canonization ceremony of Sri Lanka's first saint, Joseph Vaz. The pope pressed his call for unity and reconciliation at the service. Hundreds of people camped overnight on the oceanfront field, spending the night under the stars, and later crowds poured off buses and out into the street from the nearby railway station. Everyone had to walk the last few hundred meters, but the atmosphere was festive and ordered. Taxi drivers handed out free cups of tea and the crowd was treated to traditional dancing and music.