Pope Francis has urged Slovakians look out for the neediest among them as he wraps up a four-day pilgrimage to the central European country.
Cheering, maskless crowds lined Francis’ motorcade route to the national shrine at Sastin.
They were rewarded by a slow-moving, smiling Francis and a waving Francis. Organizers said 60,000 people attended the Mass, the biggest crowd at any event during the pope’s four-day pilgrimage to Slovakia.
They had to present proof of COVID-19 vaccine in order to be granted a barcode which allowed them entry.
The barcode was issued to a few thousand pilgrims who were not vaccinated.
The Mass was Francis’ only big event Wednesday before he returns to Rome after a four-day pilgrimage to Hungary and Slovakia.