Throngs fill Benjamin Franklin Parkway for pope’s final US Mass

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Chris Jackson, 56, from New London, Pa., bows during Pope Francis' last U.S. Mass in Philadelphia on Sept. 27, 2015. "I almost cried. It's overwhelming. All the love and everything else you feel today, it's amazing." Religion News Service photo by Madi Alexander

Chris Jackson, 56, from New London, Pa., bows during Pope Francis' last U.S. Mass in Philadelphia on Sept. 27, 2015. "I almost cried. It's overwhelming. All the love and everything else you feel today, it's amazing." Religion News Service photo by Madi Alexander

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PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The crowds waved yellow-and-white Vatican flags, purchased outside the gates, and held handfuls of rosaries brought from home to be blessed -- somehow -- by the passing of the man in the white car.