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29-09-2015

Pope Francis Back On His Feet.

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Upon returning to his plane in New York's John F Kennedy airport en route to Philadelphia, Pope Francis appeared to have a small amount of difficulty with either his vestments or sciatica/and a bad knee. During a day of high wind, he stumbled twice when going up the steps after having descended the plane without a hitch in order to greet supporters and local officials. Was it the cold which made Pope Francis more susceptible to stumbling? The airline staircase railing appeared to be metal, and it is known that knee troubles and sciatica can be exacerbated by cold conditions. Whatever the reason, at 78 Pope Francis cut a slim and powerful figure as he walked among the crowds greeting colleagues and statesmen alike.
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Pope Francis recently visited several parts of the United States. He was in New York for a day and a half, where he performed the Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral on September 24, followed by an 8:30am visit to the United Nations where he gave an address to the United Nations General Assembly. There he talked about a number of widespread issues such as the current Immigrant/Refugee struggles, inequality, climate change, and issues of the poor. Next he took part in a Multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum located near the World Trade Centre. After a 4PM visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, Pope Francis was off to perform a mass at the huge Madison Square Garden.
We would also probably stumble after such a busy schedule! In Philadelphia, Pope Francis went to a World Meeting of Families which was the final stage in his visit to the United States. Part of his accompanying delegation in Philadelphia included Monsignor Charles J. Chaput. After a Eucharistic celebration dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Basilica Cathedral, Pope Francis and some of the bishops, priests, and other religious clergy of Pennsylvania attended festivities at Independence Historical Park.
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