Pope John Paul II chided Uruguay for its view of the family, citing its high divorce rate and low birth rate, and urged the men of the South American nation to seek religious vocations.

"Uruguay needs more priests," the pope declared Sunday night before 60,000 cheering people waving flags with the Vatican colors of yellow and white at an outdoor mass and liturgy that lasted 3 hours, 45 minutes in the city of Florida, 60 miles north of Montevideo.There the pontiff ordained 13 priests and consecrated the patron Virgin of Uruguay, known as the "Virgin of the 33," a wooden image that was carried by 33 Uruguayan revolutionaries who declared the country's independence from Brazil in 1825.

The pope met with President Julio Maria Sanguinetti Monday morning in the presidential mansion in the suburb of Suarez. Then he flew in an Uruguayan F27 Fokker turboprop to the northern city of Salto to celebrate a Mass before a flight to La Paz, Bolivia, later in the afternoon.