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Pope Francis Ends Mexico Tour Blessing Migrants At U.S. Border

The "People's Pontiff" visited a prison and spoke out on immigration and drug cartels.

Many Americans crossed the border to see Pope Francis finish his whirlwind tour of Mexico in nearby Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday.

The leader of the Catholic church visited a jail in the north Mexican city and waded into the immigration debate during a huge open-air mass. Tens of thousands also watched him on the U.S. side of the border, as he blessed migrants in America. The Pope had earlier called on young people to resist drug cartels during his six-day trip.

The highly political tour is the latest from the "People's Pontiff," who has spent the past year entreating the public to tackle many of society's ills, from climate change to Islamophobia.

Take a look at some photos from the Pope's visit below.

  • A hat flies in the air as Pope Francis arrives for a massive open-air Mass in a park just a few meters from the U.S. border i
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    A hat flies in the air as Pope Francis arrives for a massive open-air Mass in a park just a few meters from the U.S. border in Ciudad Juarez.
  • Carlos Dominguez chalks an image of a cross on the road as he waits for a glimpse of Pope Francis along the pontiff's planned
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    Carlos Dominguez chalks an image of a cross on the road as he waits for a glimpse of Pope Francis along the pontiff's planned route in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. 
  • Choir girls walk to the entrance of the Abraham Gonzalez International Airport to greet Pope Francis before he arrives in Ciu
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    Choir girls walk to the entrance of the Abraham Gonzalez International Airport to greet Pope Francis before he arrives in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. 
  • Pope Francis visits the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Feb. 17, 2016. Thousands flocked to Mexico's bor
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    Pope Francis visits the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Feb. 17, 2016. Thousands flocked to Mexico's border with the United States on Wednesday for a huge mass with Pope Francis focusing on immigration -- a heated topic on the US presidential campaign trail.
  • Inmates during the visit of Pope Francis to the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 
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    Inmates during the visit of Pope Francis to the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 
  • Pope Francis is greeted by a female inmate during his visit to the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 
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    Pope Francis is greeted by a female inmate during his visit to the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 
  • Pope Francis receives a cross made by an inmate during his visit to the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
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    Pope Francis receives a cross made by an inmate during his visit to the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
  • Altar boys cheer as Pope Francis arrives in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Feb. 17, 2016.
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    Altar boys cheer as Pope Francis arrives in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Feb. 17, 2016.
  • Pope Francis visits the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
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    Pope Francis visits the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
  • Faithful cheer and take pictures as Pope Francis arrives to meet with representatives of the World of Work organization in Ci
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    Faithful cheer and take pictures as Pope Francis arrives to meet with representatives of the World of Work organization in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. 
  • People wait for Pope Francis to drive pass to the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Feb. 17, 2016.
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    People wait for Pope Francis to drive pass to the CeReSo n. 3 penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Feb. 17, 2016.
  • People coming from El Paso, United States, are serenaded as they cross the border bridge between Mexico and the U.S., to atte
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    People coming from El Paso, United States, are serenaded as they cross the border bridge between Mexico and the U.S., to attend a Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb. 17, 2016. 
  • U.S. citizens walk towards the border crossing into Mexico where they will attend the mass and blessing where Pope Francis wi
    MARK RALSTON via Getty Images
    U.S. citizens walk towards the border crossing into Mexico where they will attend the mass and blessing where Pope Francis will pray for migrants and those who died trying to cross the border.
  • Pope Francis stands a platform near the U.S.-Mexico border fence along the Rio Grande, in Ciudad Juarez.
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    Pope Francis stands a platform near the U.S.-Mexico border fence along the Rio Grande, in Ciudad Juarez.
  • Pope Francis waves from his popemobile as he leaves the fairgrounds in Ciudad Juarez.
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    Pope Francis waves from his popemobile as he leaves the fairgrounds in Ciudad Juarez.
  • Women pray as they listen to to Pope Francis give Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.
    Dario Lopez-Mills/ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Women pray as they listen to to Pope Francis give Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.
  • People wait to get a glimpse of Pope Francis as he leaves an outdoor Mass in Ciudad Juarez.
    Gregory Bull/ASSOCIATED PRESS
    People wait to get a glimpse of Pope Francis as he leaves an outdoor Mass in Ciudad Juarez.
  • A Catholic woman holds items as she prays while watching Pope Francis.
    Eric Gay/ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A Catholic woman holds items as she prays while watching Pope Francis.
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