How this message of hope and compassion contrasts with contributors to HAS who are virtually saying nobody should have the right to disturb their comfortable lifestyles.
Dotty Robinson echoed her daughter’s description of “good spirits all over”.
Clergy and bishops abusing children will be held accountable, he said in a country where the Roman Catholic Church has faced accusations of covering up child sex scandals in the past. Francis chose to come as Francis, which means telling people exactly what’s on his mind.
Speaking to reporters on the return flight from Philadelphia to Rome, at the end of his visit to Cuba and the United States, Francis said molesting children is “almost a sacrilege” for a priest and a betrayal of his vocation.
The gesture came as tens of thousands of the faithful streamed into the heavily fortified City of Brotherly Love for the last and potentially biggest event of the pope’s joyful six-day US visit: a Mass on Philadelphia’s grandest boulevard, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Duran was in Philadelphia with a group of volunteers from Promise Arizona who hoped to deliver a gift to the pope – a scroll-like document in Spanish that asked the pope to “hear the claims of the people” in the US who have been affected by immigration and deportation.
Maggie Santiago was barely old enough to remember when her mother packed her and her brother into the vehicle and set off for Washington to see St. John Paul II, who was visiting the U.S.as pope. Love is moving forward”, said the Pope adding that “Some of you might say, of course, ‘Father, you speak like that because you’re not married!’ Families have difficulties.
Folk singer Marie Miller, American rock band The Fray and Columbian pop star Juanes also performed at an event hosted by actor Mark Wahlberg.
The changes affect all of us, believers and non-believers alike. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI, a far less charismatic figure, filled Yankee Stadium and drew large crowds elsewhere. “The short answer is “I don’t know, ‘” he said during a Monday morning news conference”.
“I think there are security issues that need to be decided alongside that kind of visit, but let’s look at the issues surrounding it”. “But it was exciting watching him pass by”.
He said in today’s world there is an “urgent challenge of protecting our home”.
“What he’s focused on are the needs and he has reemphasized where we should be going as a church”, said Robert Staab. He said that New York was “a bit exuberant” while “Philadelphia was very demonstrative”. “I never thought that I would ever be able to see the pope”.
“It was such a historical moment since it may be the only time this Pope comes to America in my lifetime”, Healy said.