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Image of Asia: Waiting to see pope arrive in the Philippines

In this photo, Filipinos in a crowd at least 20 people deep wait behind a fence for the pope

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In this photo by Wally Santana, Filipinos in a crowd at least 20 people deep wait behind a fence for hours for the arrival of Pope Francis in Manila on Thursday.

Tens of thousands of people called his name and snapped pictures from behind barricades guarded by police as the motorcade carrying Francis began rolling along the 11-kilometer (6.8-mile) route from a military airport to the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila, where he will stay. The crowds greeting Francis were ecstatic in the Philippines, where just over 80 percent of its 100 million people are Catholics.