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2015 Papal Visit

2015 Papal Visit

Pope Francis' First U.S. Visit, Sept. 22-27

New Englanders Up Close with Pope Francis

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    NEWSLETTERS

    (Published Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015)

    People gathered from across the country just to see Pope Francis drive by in Philadelphia on Saturday.

    "Even though it was only like a few seconds seeing him, it was really exciting," said Jordan Krans of Worcester, Massachusetts.

    The papal parade capped off the pope's first night in Philadelphia and the crowd could not be happier. The parade took the pontiff up and down Ben Franklin Parkway just after sunset. One group that traveled to see the pope from Worcester saw it all.

    Earlier in the day, Francis celebrated Mass inside the Cathedral Basilica. Thousands like Mella Villa from Boston stood outside, watching, listening and praying.

    "I've never been this close to a pope so it's just insane," Villa said.

    This day was an honor for the Duffley family from Manchester, New Hampshire. Their son Christopher, who is blind and autistic, performed on stage outside right after the pope's Mass.

    "What I really did was when I got on stage was pretty good," Christopher Duffley said.

    The 14-year-old sang two songs in five languages before thousands of people. His sister, Grace, joined him on stage as well.

    "I am so proud of him," Grace Duffley said. "And we have come such a long way in our story and everything we've been through."

    This family says they are blessed to be part of such an event like this. 

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