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Joyful stadium crowd greets Pope Francis on day two of his Egypt trip

Joyful stadium crowd greets Pope Francis on day two of his Egypt trip

Elated crowds greeted Pope Francis at a Mass in Cairo's Air Defense Stadium on Saturday, unafraid despite recent suicide bombings at Christian churches.

"God will protect us," said Nada Youssef, 30, as she clutched the free ticket she received through church and waited to clear metal detectors and guards stationed at every entrance.

Francis entered the stadium at 9:30 a.m. to applause as a fleet of yellow and white balloons was released -- the Vatican colors -- and a choir sang "Gloria."

Some who came to pray Saturday recalled the last time they saw a pope celebrate Mass here 17 years ago, Pope John Paul II. Some said they brought children who had...

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