Papa Fransisco! Papa Fransisco!
What an amazing event! All things magically fell into place for me to see my loved one and to win a ticket to see "Papa Fransisco!" when he spoke at Independence Hall. The love, peace, and joy were overwhelming! I loved hearing the crowd chant for "Papa Fransisco!" as he rode past in the Pope Mobile, waving, smiling, and blessing them as he passed. I was close enough to the podium that I could see His Holiness AND read the translation on the 40-foot screen as he spoke. Fortunately, I speak enough Spanish that I could follow most of his speech, but it was nice to have the translation at times!
Philadelphia is such a lovely city. The people were generous, kind, and helpful.... and the city, gulp, the city took my breath away! Here's a few of the sights that took my breath!
|A Circular Rainbow appeared as I was going through the third security check point.|
|Cakes! The one on the right has a fondant icing for the miter and the painting is icing.|
|The Holy Mother at the Shrine of Mary's Miraculous Medal. I love the Holy Mother and wept.|
|Another grotto at the Shrine of Mary's Miraculous Medal. I counted around 16 grottoes in the cathedral.|
|On the left background is the Cathedral where the Pope held mass; the back right is the City Hall.|
|Quilt, handpieced, at the Arch Street Friend's Meeting. It was stunning!|
|I would have liked to have known this guy! Safecracker? Awesome!|
|Ben and I were sharing a moment.. He wouldn't let me sit in his lap -- gout...|
|Preparations for the Independence Hall event... I was standing under the tree on the far right...|
And.... the one photo that sums up the "Phillie Woodstock" for me...
|Yup. He was going "nature boy" and waiting on "the man"!|