As many as a million expected for pope's last Mass in US

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Posted: Sep 27, 2015 2:28 AM
As many as a million expected for pope's last Mass in US

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope Francis is capping his whirlwind visit to the United States in a fitting way — Mass for the masses on Philadelphia's grandest boulevard.

The 78-year-old "people's pope," who seems to feed off the energy of the crowds, is expected to see the largest of his six-day tour on Sunday when he celebrates an outdoor Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

It's the culminating event of a Vatican-sponsored conference on the family that drew the wildly popular pontiff to Philadelphia.

The pope begins his day by speaking to bishops from around the world. He'll also visit inmates at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Philadelphia's largest jail.

Francis, who also visited Washington, D.C., and New York during his first-ever trip to the United States, flies back to Rome on Sunday night.