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Thousands flood Central Park to see Pope Francis pass through

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NEW YORK – 80,000 papal pilgrims packed Central Park, Friday as Pope Francis took a 12-block long spin through Central Park.

The pontiff was flanked by heavy security—including Police Commissioner Bill Bratton—as he took the on-air Pope mobile on a procession down West Drive.

He smiled as he blessed a cheering crowd and did not exit the Pope mobile to walk the route, possibly because he was already running late for Mass at Madison Square Garden.

It wasn’t easy getting the throngs of people inside Central Park, there were massive delays at the NYPD barricades as police checked tickets before the crowded went through airport like security at the park’s entrance.