“The atmosphere was real. I’m not usually an emotional guy, but I started tearing up when Pope Francis blessed this young child ... sitting near us."
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"...his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects."
'It is a source of great hope that in this place of sorrow and remembrance I can join with leaders representing the many religious traditions which enrich the life of this great city.'
"If we want a world to pass on to our children, and our children's children, we as a people need to pray for peace."
The pope described political service with the same tone used for a vocation to religious life -- "you have been invited, called and convened by those who elected you."
Click to see photos from the event including some familiar faces from Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Variety of vehicles provide papal transport.