As you may already know, Pope Francis was in New York this week!
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan said while the Pope was flying to JFK International Airport to take a plane to Philadelphia, he asked the helicopter pilot to circle the landmarks.
The Pope flew over New York’s Statue of Liberty and the former immigration station of Ellis Island, in an unscheduled detour, that had him reminiscing about his home town, Buenos Aires.
Dolan told reporters, “You could see he was very, very moved. And he said, ‘You know, Buenos Aires was a city of immigrants too.’ ”
The first Latin American pope, Francis has taken the extremity of immigrants as one of the main issues of his papacy, of course along with climate change, economic equality, and religious freedom.
In Philadelphia, later on Saturday, he will recognize Hispanic immigrants in a speech in Spanish at the site of independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, were adopted.
Francis stumbled several times as he climbed the stairs of the American Airlines jet taking him from JFK to Philly! But he’s a good sport, and smiled and waved once he reached the airplane door.
Crowds greeted Francis in Philadelphia when he arrived at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for a Mass.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi shared with reports on Friday night that the pope was tired due to his packed schedule. He usually has physical therapy for a leg problem but cannot undergo therapy during trips, hence the difficulty with the steps.
Regardless he kept a smile on his face, promoting religious freedom. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit, Pope Francis!