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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pope Hailed in Manila

MANILA () -- One million cheering Filipinos greeted Pope John Paul on Thursday as he began a four-nation tour with an emotional trip through the streets of Manila.

"I am here to celebrate with the Catholic community of the Philippines 400 years of the organized and hierarchical presence of the Church in these islands," the Pope said after landing at Manila airport on a hot, overcast day.

The Pope appeared frail, walking haltingly down the steps of his plane and was handed a cane when he reached the bottom. He appeared somewhat unsure of his footing at times and he did not kneel to kiss the ground in the traditional gesture.