A baby pope stole the show when the real pope was traveling the streets of Philadelphia this weekend.
According to ABC 6 in Philadelphia, the baby pope was dressed in traditional pope garb and stationed with his parents along Pope Francis’ parade route in the city of brotherly love.
“Madden tells 6abc Action News he was at the papal parade Saturday on the Ben Franklin Parkway with his wife Dana and baby daughter Quinn — who just so happened to be dressed like the pope.
“As Pope Francis rounded a corner in his popemobile, he chuckled when he saw baby Quinn.
“Soon Quinn was handed off to Pope Francis’ security.
“The Pontiff then kissed Quinn and whispered to one of his security guards.”
Not only did Pope Francis of the Holy See kiss and bless the baby pope, but he also relayed a message to the parents, ABC 6 reported. That message? They have a good sense of humor, a security guard reportedly told the couple.
The pope’s visit to Philadelphia, baby pope blessing and all, wrapped up a whirlwind first tour to the United States for the first Latin American pope. In addition to the pope’s last stop in Philadelphia, the pontiff made visits to numerous sites through New York City and Washington, D.C., during his visit to the United States.
CNN reports that Pope Francis’ visit to the United States Capitol included a first for a pontiff — a joint address to the House and Senate. Following his speech, which included messages embracing immigrants and calling for action on global warming, Pope Francis joined political leaders on the speaker’s balcony, where he was able to see the masses of people from across the United States who journeyed to Washington, D.C., to see the pope’s speech.
In New York, Pope Francis made his first visit to Ground Zero. At the site, he visited with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and first responders to the attack which occurred 15-years-ago this month.
With the attacks of September 11, 2001, still fresh on the mind of both leaders and citizens, the visit of Pope Francis to the United States saw one of the largest security operations in American history taking place on the streets of New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., the Inquisitr previously reported.
The security operation involved multiple agencies from across federal and local governments, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Capitol Police, and the New York Police Department.
It is easy to see why the pope’s visit would elicit such a large security presence. In no particular order, the list of individuals he met with during his visit to the United States included President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Joseph Biden, New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and many more.
The visit to the United States followed three days of travel by the pope in Cuba, where he met with Fidel Castro and Raul Castro.
Did you visit any of the American cities where the pope led masses and spoke to the masses? Do you have stories from your experiences? Were you one of the lucky ones who met the pope or had your baby (or baby pope) blessed by the pope? You can leave your thoughts in the comments section below and let us know what you think.
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