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Pope calls for renewal in church while hewing to doctrine, staying united

  • Pope Francis greets the faithful in St. Peter Square at the Vatican, after celebrating a Pentecost mass, Sunday, May 19, 2013.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)The Associated Press

  • Prelates move on for the Communion rite during a Pentecost mass celebrated by Pope Francis, in St. Peter Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)The Associated Press

  • Pope Francis loses his skull cap in St. Peter Square at the Vatican, after celebrating a Pentecost mass, Sunday, May 19, 2013.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)The Associated Press

Pope Francis is calling for renewal in the Catholic church as he wrapped up two days of mass gatherings in St. Peter's Square aimed at energizing the faithful.

About 200,000 people turned out Sunday for Mass celebrated by Francis, about the same size crowd that came to a pep rally for Catholics that the pope led the night before in the square.

Francis urged his church to be more welcoming and avoid closing in on itself. But he warned that faithful should avoid "dangerous parallel paths" outside of doctrine.

In the pope's native South America, many Catholics have defected to dynamic evangelical Protestant churches.

For a second-straight day, Francis delighted the crowd by riding in his popemobile beyond the confines of Vatican City and down a Rome boulevard.