The Pope’s Visit: Brief but effective

I had the almost pleasure of seeing His Holiness on Saturday, April 19, when he visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

The 81-year-old Pope Benedict XVI was greeted by a crowd of thousands as he sped by in something other than the Pope Mobile.

While there was a heightened sense of security (NYPD explained that if we were to accidentally or purposely find ourselves beyond the barriers, snipers would indeed shoot immediately), that did not the stop faithfuls from chanting songs and screaming for the Pope.

Denise Hansen and her family from Cherry Hill, N.J., waited in line since 2:30 a.m. “We are a part of history,” she said. “I am so glad we did this.”

Why so early? “We wanted to get a good spot for when the procession goes by,” she explained.

Others had the same idea, including myself.

It was certainly an experience, one I will probably only have once in my lifetime.

To read more about the Pope’s visit stateside, pick up this week’s issue of The Courier and check back for more updates and video coverage.

PHOTO: SECURITY The Secret Service was on top of “Project Pope Protection” as he visited St. Patrick’s on Saturday. As close as I was, His Holiness was driven by so fast we barely knew it was him! (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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