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Pope Francis praises Sweden over asylum seekers

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> Pope Francis has just wrapped up a two day trip here with a mass to some 15,000 people. This is Alistair Scrutton for Reuters in Malmo. People really were in awe to see him, it was almost like seeing a pop star. He went round the stadium in a golf cart and there was a huge amount of clapping and cheers as he went around, really like a kind of very famous pop star in a stadium in many ways.
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The attendance at this football stadium, some 15,000 people, it was around about three quarters full. Which is probably pretty good for a country where only 1% of the Swedish population is actually Catholic. If you looked to the queues coming into the stadium, it is very much an ethnic feel to these columns.
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We're talking about lots of Latin Americans and Asians and people from the Middle East.
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Now Sweden took in more asylum seekers than any other European country per head last year. It was widely seen as this humanitarian superpower and in this mass, Pope Francis recognized Sweden for its ability and its humanity, as he sees it, in taking in these thousands of people, actually 163,000 asylum seekers.