Independence Hall Papal Event Nears

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Waiting for THF

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A very patient, polite and down right friendly crowd awaits Pope Francis at Independence Hall.  They watched the Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the jumbotrons here on the Mall. I talked with some of the crowd and some common themes emerged. They see in The Holy Father a good man, who cares for the poor and the planet and for people of all faiths and nations. They see in him, Hope.  Religious freedom and immigration are expected to be his central themes here later this afternoon.

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