Pope Francis arrived in Philadelphia , September 26, 2015 just after 9:46 a.m. His plane touched down and as soon as it arrived at Atlantic Aviation for the ceremonies he got down to business. Fresh into town from a short flight from New York, Pope Francis had work to do in town. There was a mass to be held at the Basilica and then he had to get ready for his speech at Independence Hall. That’s the thing about being a pope, your work is never done. After the historic area , he got a concert in his honor during the World Meeting of Families celebration and went on a parade through center city,. Huge crowds showed up to see the pontiff but the crowds might have been scared off by the security hype.
Train stations had plenty of parking available well into mid afternoon. That means a lot of folks passed on the idea of going down. People who did , had to enter through a screening process much like an airport. To some it was worth it,others, it was a hassle. The streets looked like an area under siege, with National Guard Troops and cops on every inch of the corner. In some instances, people who slept outside the Basilica complained that they could not catch a glimpse of the pope through all the security.
On Sunday, September 27, the pontiff goes back home, but not before one last public event, a mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A lot of what the pope does is public. However, he does have some events that will be off limits to the public, like when he goes to CFCF Prison later today. He will arrive by helicopter. After that, there are strong indications that he will pay a visit to Catherine Drexel Shrine. in Bensalem.
If he does it is off limits to everyone and not on his schedule. Parking restrictions have been enacted around the area . Click the link to read more. The events he is at for the public are free. The arrival and departure later tonight are closed. During his arrival he met with city leaders and business people. The only person that cares that the mayor was there is the mayor. After a short glad handing session, the pontiff got in his Fiat and then stopped abruptly, Michael Keating,10 years old was in his wheelchair. He was there is with father who was conducting the Bishop Shannihan Marching Band. The pope got out, walked over and kissed the child on his forehead, before saying a prayer with his family. That is why people like this pope. He will say his obligatory greetings with politicians, but he will stop and spend more time with the needy and less fortunate.