At Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis repeated that question in Spanish – “y tu?”
Francis now turns to Philadelphia for a jam-packed weekend.
It marked the first time a Pope had addressed a congregation at the church since Pope John Paul II visited the city in 1979.
Today, he is speaking on religious freedom and immigration at the birthplace of USA independence, Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were adopted.
“What about you? It is significant that those words of the elderly Pope were also addressed to a lay woman”, Francis noted. He stopped and got out of the auto, walked over to the boy, later identified as Michael Keating, and blessed and kissed his forehead.
Nutter name-dropped Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth in his speech at Independence Hall.
But Francis first celebrated Mass with local clergy who have endured a trying decade defined, in many ways, by the clerical abuse scandal, dwindling church attendance and numerous closings of schools and parishes.
The Pope, who had been riding in a small Fiat in Washington and in New York, agreed to use the Popemobile so that the many New Yorkers who were unable to obtain admission to Madison Square Garden could see him passing by.
Pope Francis speaks during a Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. He will make a stop by the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, and then hold Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Pope Francis is greeted as he arrives at Philadelphia global Airport in Philadelphia, Saturday, September 26, 2015. With the wind whipping, he took a small stumble as he ascended the stairs to a waiting jet. President Barack Obama, in turn, hailed the pontiff as a moral force who is “shaking us out of our complacency” with reminders to care for the poor and the planet.
They will play to a crowd that is expect to swell to close to 1 million people, and may be even larger on Sunday when Pope Francis ends his US stay with an outdoor public papal Mass at 4 p.m. On Saturday morning, the Esparza and her companions cheered and waved the flags of their countries when the train left the station. He will fly to Philadelphia after a brief farewell from worshippers waiting to see him off.
The group from Peninsula Catholic waited for about six hours, passing the time with card games and Snapchat posts.
“Our Father…” was heard above the rumble of the American Airlines jet engines warming up for the flight to Philadelphia.
Francis also offered a strong endorsement of Iran’s agreement with the United States and five other world powers to limit its nuclear program.
The Argentina-born Francis arrived for the final leg of his East Coast trip amid massive security, with much of downtown Philadelphia under lockdown.
They include seven cloistered nuns from the Precious Blood Seminary in Brooklyn. “God has united all the nations and through the pope he’s saying you’re all brothers and sisters”.
The festival will blend song, prayer and testimonials on the joys and challenges of family life.