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For Crowd, Miraculous Moments

The crowd that mobbed Nationals Park to see, or just be near, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday was a joyous, kaleidoscopic tableau of Catholics and non-Catholics from across the country who said they were drawn by faith, hope and a sense of the history of the moment.

By Michael E. Ruane, Hamil R. Harris and David Fahrenthold

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