SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia – ___
Pope Francis is out and about on the popemobile heading to his first public event of the day in Bolivia, an open-air Mass in Santa Cruz's Christ the Redeemer square.
Francis' bodyguards jogged alongside his popemobile at a fast clip as the pope waved to the crowds. His motorcade route was lined by flag-waving Bolivians held back by a human chain of police.
After the Mass, Francis' main event of the day is a keynote speech to a summit of grass-roots groups whose advocacy for the poor and marginalized has been championed by history's first Latin American pope.
Overnight, several thousand slept in square to get a spot close to the front.
Francis arrived in the Andean nation late Wednesday after three days in Ecuador.