Walking along 3rd Street in South Philadelphia toward annual Mummers Against Cancer event. All are welcome. Come on down to Anderson Hall at Woodland Strong Band’s Clubhouse near 3rd and Snyder. Help your neighbors beat cancer!,
In a speech nearly entirely delivered in his native Spanish, standing outside the world’s longest standing symbol of religious tolerance, Pope Francis late today urged all people of all religions to respect all faiths and he urged an embracing of immigrants. He said globalization is good if it brings us together in a way that does not require uniformity. On immigration, directly speaking to Hispanics, he said don’t be ashamed of your traditions, but he added there is also the responsibility to contribute as those who came before. The Pope was enthusiastically received by those on the Mall.
Pope Francis is expected here in a few minutes. Near capacity crowd on them mall. A mix of sun and clouds and a gusty wind, but warm.
There are love u Pope Francis signs in windows. People are at their windows or on the deck at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Mayoral Candidate Jim Kenney is here along with other civic leaders, Gov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Stack, Mayor Nutter, City Council President Darrell Clarke, Cong. Bob Brady, leaders of churches of other faiths, Senators Toomey and Casey and U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell.
The Pope will briefly parade through the crowd before blessing a cross and a then address Philadelphia and the world about religious liberty and immigration.