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Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in the Plaza de la Revolucion on Wednesday morning. Tens of thousands turned out for the ceremony, many from countries throughout Latin America. A young girl is held above the crowd at the beginning of the service.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A man prays and others wave flags during the Mass.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

People reach out for cards bearing the image of the Virgen del Cobre, the patron saint of Cuba.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

An image of the Virgin Mary is held aloft.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

People hold hands in prayer at the start of the Mass.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Pope Benedict XVI arrives, via the popemobile, at the Plaza de la Revolucion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

The Mass was held midmorning, but temperatures had already started to climb.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A wave from the pope as he leaves the plaza.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Benedict greets the crowd.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A man receives Communion during the Mass.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A man rests before the start of the service.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A woman holds a poster of the pontiff.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Pilgrims, who spent the previous night in a park, shout with joy as the popemobile passes near them Sunday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Pilgrims turn out to see Pope Benedict XVI perform a Sunday Mass at Bicentennial Park, his first in Spanish-speaking Latin America.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

People pray during Mass.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Pilgrims pray and try to stay cool under a searing sun during Sunday's Mass.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Priests and clergymen get the altar ready for the Sunday service.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Pilgrims make the long trek to Bicentennial Park in the early-morning hours.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers form a human chain to help control the massive crowds at the Mass.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Outside Silao, Mexico March 25, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI performed a Sunday mass at the Parque Bicentenario outside Silao Mexico on Sunday morning. Tens of thousands turned out to see the mass, his first in Spanish speaking Latin America. Pilgrims watch the approach of the Popemobile on Sunday morning. Giant video screens were placed throughout the massive complex.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

The popemobile carries Benedict through the thousands of pilgrims before Mass.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A vendor sells photographs of the pope outside the park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

People gathered throughout the day in anticipation of the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

People awaiting the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI included the Lopez family, which traveled from the state of Michoacan to attend the pope's Mass set for Sunday morning in the city of Silao.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A family brings chairs to stake their space along the route the pope will take en route from the airport to his guest quarters in the city of Leon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A man on the back of a bicycle rides down the main avenue of Leon shouting "USA!" before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

People line a street on the pope's route.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Water is passed out to volunteers from local churches who showed up early to get crowds excited about the pope's visit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A crowd waits for the pope's arrival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Church volunteers were out early to get crowds pumped up about the papal visit, the city's first.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A family finds some shade near the route the pope will take en route to his quarters in the city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Hawkers sell old memorabilia and newspapers to passing motorists.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

People react as the Popemobile approaches the central district.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Pope Benedict XVI waves from the Popemobile. The entourage drove quickly down the main avenue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

People cheer as the Popemobile passes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

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