Israeli Arab Christian scouts played music to entertain the faithful as they gathered in Nazareth on Thursday for the largest open-air Mass of Pope Benedict's visit.
Worshippers surged forward to catch a glimpse of Benedict as he arrived in the north Israeli town aboard his bullet-proof popemobile.
At least 40,000 people attended Mass in the town where the Bible says Jesus Christ spent his boyhood.
The Pope proceeded through the crowd to the altar erected on Mount Precipice, where the town sits.
The Pope was surrounded by security guards - a common sight throughout his visit to the Holy Land this week.
Clergy and pilgrims from across the world were joined by Arab Christians from the town, which has seen friction between Christians and Muslims in recent years.
Worshippers heard the Pope preach against prejudice and hatred which, he told them, "kills men's souls before it kills their bodies".
A Coptic cleric kissed the Pope's hand during the service. The Pope has spoken up for the Middle East's dwindling Christian communities.
Benedict's visit to Nazareth included a political component. He held private talks with Israel's new Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Pope later prayed at the grotto in Nazareth's Church of the Annunciation which is believed to stand at the site of the house of Mary, mother of Jesus.
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