Pope Francis ended a five-day trip to Portugal on Sunday with a massive open-air Mass for an estimated 1.5 million people who camped out overnight on a vast field to attend the grand finale of the World Youth Day festival.
Many of the mainly young people in Tejo Park in the Portuguese capital Lisbon had camped out overnight to attend the open-air Mass on Sunday.
On Saturday evening, his audience heard a message of hope from Francis.
“The only time it is legitimate to look down on someone from above is to help them get up,” he told them. “How many times do we see people looking at us like that, from above, it’s sad.”
Francis set out earlier than planned on Sunday morning to loop the field in his ‘popemobile,’ continuing the improvisation that has characterised this trip.
On Sunday, he offered thoughts and prayers to those who could not attend the festival because of the war and armed conflict.