Newsletter for Sunday, Sept. 27
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Pope Francis in the Popemobile just before his Independence Hall speech; photo via @foxsmjr on Instagram.
#POPEINPHILLY, DAY ONE: FROM WHEELS DOWN TO ARETHA FRANKLIN STEPPIN’
#PopeInPhilly finally became the real thing. After months of discussion and weeks of preparation and worry, Pope Francis arrived in Philadelphia and put on a show. And that show began shortly after he arrived at the airport, when he displayed the kindness and mercy that have made him beloved as the ‘cool’ pope. We pulled together some of the best of Twitter and Instagram posts showing the Pope’s progress through Philadelphia.
WHERE THOSE POPE EMOJI SIGNS CAME FROM (AND HOW TO GET ONE)
What’s the best way to get millennial Catholics excited about Pope Francis’ visit? Turn him into emoji, and hand it out to adoring crowds, of course. Yep, for the biggest event in the city’s recent history, Philadelphia has Pope Francis’ face-on-a-stick. The Catholic media company Aleteia planned the digital version of the Popemoji, and handed out the Popemoji signs along the Parkway Saturday. The good news is, there are some left — and they’re free.
WHY THE MILITARY IS IN UNIVERSITY CITY
This weekend while Pope Francis is in town, about 500 National Guardsmen have cots set up inside the Armory on Drexel’s campus at 33rd and Market. It’s where they’ll sleep while they’re in town assisting local police and the Secret Service. “The only thing different about this,” said Maj. Edward Shank, “is that it’s not a tent in the Middle East.” This is just one faction of the officials and soldiers roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania National Guard — which has trained for this event for months — has about 4,000 servicemen and women from Erie to Punxsutawney to Philly stationed around town this weekend for the Papal visit. Here’s what they’re up to in the city this weekend.
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POPE RIDE: HUNDREDS RACE THROUGH STREETS DURING PAPAL MASS
The city of Philadelphia is shut down as Pope Francis made his way into the area Saturday morning, and local cyclists took full advantage. Starting at The Porch at 30th Street, they came on bikes through the city and its empty, closed streets. (Some 2,000 RSVPed on Facebook.) Here’s a look at how it went down.
SCENES FROM AN EMPTY PHILLY
On Friday, the city of Philadelphia patiently awaited the Pontiff. And the sight of the nearly empty streets in a Center City largely occupied by law enforcement were really something. We collected the best we could find right here.