By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Vatican’s “point man” for the planned World Meeting of Families event here in September 2015 made a stop at Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic High School today.READ MORE: Mother Of Cheltenham Township Single-Car Crash Victim Speaks Out After Incident Left 1 Person Dead, 4 Others Injured: ‘It's Horrible’
Students from Roman Catholic and a delegation from Hallahan High School turned on the charm as Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia entered Roman’s gym at Broad and Vine Streets.
Sophomore Matt Anticoli ratcheted up the tone, delivering in flawless Italian a message to the archbishop containing a heartfelt plea to convince the pope to come to Philadelphia for the World Families meeting.
Paglia, deeply touched by the message in his native tongue, promised he would do everything he could to convince the pope to attend.READ MORE: Cooling Tower Malfunction Caused Fire At Center City High-Rise, Source Says
But he asked the students to do something to help: write a personal letter to Pope Francis.
“Invite him to come to Philadelphia!” Paglia urged the students. “I will be… in Italian we say ‘postino,‘ mailman. I am the mailman. An archbishop mailman — very good!”
Paglia says when he meets with the Holy Father when he goes back to the Vatican, he’ll tell him directly there’s no way the pope can stay in Rome — he has to come to Philadelphia.MORE NEWS: Amtrak Forced To Reduce Service Along Northeast Corridor Due To COVID-Related Staffing Shortage