And just like that, Pope Francis is back in Rome after a whirlwind trip to the United States. Here is a look at his top moments in Philadelphia.
1.) Pope Francis: ‘God Weeps For The Sexual Abuse Of Children’ While speaking to bishops and archbishops at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Pope Francis touched on a number of topics, including sex abuse within the Catholic Church. The pontiff said, “God weeps for the sexual abuse of children. These cannot be maintained in secret. I commit to a careful oversight to ensure that youth are protected and that all responsible will be held accountable.”
2.) Pope: ‘Mothers Say My Son Is 34 And Not Married, I Say Don’t Iron His Shirts Anymore’ While speaking at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary to bishops and archbishops, Pope Francis spoke about young people, marriage and the importance of family.“In Buenas Aires, mothers say to me, ‘my son is 34 and he’s not getting married, I don’t know what to do.’ So I tell them, ‘don’t iron his shirts anymore.’”
3.) Mark Wahlberg On Young Singer: ‘Truly The Voice Of An Angel’ Mark Wahlberg said of the young singer, “That right there was truly the voice of an angel, but then he whispered in my ear that he loved the movie ‘Ted.’ And I told him that was not appropriate for a boy of his age. Holy Father please forgive me. I’ve always hoped that the good Lord has a sense of humor when it comes and pertains to many of the movies that I’ve made.”
4.) Baby With Inoperable Brain Tumor Receives Surprise Kiss From Pope Francis “I held her over the fence as far as I could and that’s when the Swiss Guard or Secret Service guard grabbed her and took her over and pope kissed her and blessed her,” said father Joey Masciantonio. Smack dab on the back of the head. That’s where little Gianna has an rare inoperable brain tumor. Her blood cells attacked her brain stem and surgery is not an option.
5.) PHOTOS: Papal Visit: Blessing Of The Babies During his parade along the Parkway, Pope Francis stopped to bless a number of babies before celebrating Mass.
6.) Congressman Who Had Permission To Take Glass – Confesses To Pope: Congressman Bob Brady tells Chris Stigall, “I asked permission. I asked the Parliamentarian if I could take the glass and he nodded and said ‘sure, it’s only going to go back into the kitchen and get washed up.’ I didn’t swipe it. I did ask for permission and I am going to get a bill for it. So, I’m going to pay for it. With all the news about it, when I saw the Pope last night, and what a gracious, gracious man. Unbelievable. After all the time in the United States, as he’s leaving, he still has time to stop and have a conversation with every person before he got on the plane. What I said to him, I don’t know whether you heard or not, but I’m the Congressman that took your water glass. He said, yeah, I did hear a little bit about that through his interpreter. I said, by the way, I wanted to make an even swap, I have a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol in your honor, and I want to give that to you for the glass. He said, good, good, good swap. Bueno, bueno.”
7.) Pope Francis Signs Mural Created To Honor Historic Visit To Philadelphia Pope Francis was joined by children and artists on stage during the Festival of Families Saturday night to sign a mural created to honor his historic visit to Philadelphia.
8.) Pope Francis Stops Fiat At Phila. Airport To Bless Boy In Wheelchair Soon after landing at Philadelphia International Airport and getting in his waiting Fiat, Pope Francis stopped the car to bless a child in a wheelchair on the tarmac. The Pope was en route when he asked his driver to stop. He walked over to the young boy, kissed his head and blessed him.
9.) Jim Gaffigan Jokes About Philadelphia Booing Santa Claus During Performance “I wasn’t worried that Philadelphia wasn’t going to love the Pope, but let’s just say Philadelphia was not too nice to Santa Claus. So….are they booing me or Santa Claus? The Santa Claus…it stays. There’s still problems with Santa Claus.”
10.) Newlyweds Wear Wedding Attire In Hopes Of Receiving Pope’s Blessing “We’re here because we’d like to meet Pope Francis. In Rome there’s a tradition where newlyweds can come in their wedding attire and they get to meet the Pope so we’re hoping that we’ll be able to do that here in Philadelphia,” said Blake Robinson.