May 19 - Pope Francis leads prayers ahead of Pentecost Sunday before thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, saying that a lack of ethics in public life is harming humanity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Man is in deep crisis, Pope Francis told a huge crowd of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for an evening vigil on Saturday (May 18).
According to Vatican estimates some 250,000 people packed into St. Peter's Square and nearby streets for the evening prayers ahead of Pentecost Sunday.
The faithful broke into cheers and applause as Pope Francis arrived on his open-back jeep and was driven through the crowds to greet them close up.
The event itself featured testimonials from Irish writer John Waters and Pakistani minister Paul Bhatti, whose brother, then Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian, was killed by the Taliban in 2011.
The pope on Saturday morning held held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Vatican and earlier in the week issued a strong call for world financial reform, condemning a heartless "dictatorship of the economy" and saying the economic crisis had made life worse for millions in rich and poor countries.
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