Huge crowd turns out for pope's visit to Paris
Tens of thousands of faithful have turned out for Pope Benedict XVI's outdoor Mass in Paris.world Updated: Sep 13, 2008 21:41 IST
Tens of thousands of faithful have turned out for Pope Benedict XVI's outdoor Mass in Paris.
Benedict was being driven in his pope-mobile through the French capital's boulevards with the crowd singing hymns.
The late-morning Mass on the vast Esplanade des Invalides is Benedict's only public appearance today before he flies to Lourdes to make a pilgrimage to the shrine which draws millions of pilgrims each year.
Benedict is expected to give a kind of papal pep talk to the faithful at Mass. Although traditionally Roman Catholic, France has seen a decline in church-going.
Paris police have estimated that 170,000 people have flocked to the Mass. Tens of thousands, many of them young people, had camped out on the field overnight.