Cheers, stillness fill Pope Francis’ first US Mass

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Pope Francis presides over a Canonization Mass for Friar Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on September 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Francis presides over a Canonization Mass for Friar Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on September 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SAINT-SCENE, originally transmitted on Sept. 23, 2015.

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WASHINGTON (RNS) The crowd of some 25,000 alternated between cheers for the celebrity pope and stillness during the most solemn moments of the service.