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More than 1 million Colombians celebrate Mass with Pope Francis

MEDELLIN, Colombia _ A newsmagazine's cover hailing the papal visit to Colombia said it all: "FrancisSuperstar!" And after as many as 1.1 million faithful braved rain and fog Saturday morning to attend an outdoor Mass he celebrated on the runways of a downtown airport, who could argue?

The turnout at the third stop of the pope's five-day visit to this Andean country followed similarly crowded religious services in Bogota that attracted 1 million and in Villavicencio that drew 400,000, indicating that Pope Francis' mega-celebrity status only seems to grow.

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