Francis bids farewell, tells Catholics to avoid ‘perversion’ of ‘narrow’ faith


Pope Francis, center, arrives to celebrate the final Mass of his visit to the U.S. at the Festival of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on September 27, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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PHILADELPHIA (RNS) In his final Mass before nearly 1 million people, the pope called on the Catholic Church to be open to everyone and to change -- flashpoint themes for a major Vatican meeting of bishops next week.