#PapalVisit Philadelphia Gets Ready for Pope Francis


Intentions in the wind

Spent Sunday afternoon taking in Splendors of the Vatican and KHAN! The life of Genghis Khan at the Franklin Institute. While on the Parkway, I spied lots of activity in advance of Pope Francis visit to Philadelphia.


Interesting to note Genghis Khan bore no resemblance to Benedict Cumberbatch, Ricardo Montalbon or John Wayne. Amazing life, though. This is an exhibit worth taking time to explore.


LEGO my Vatican! Haha! No? Didn’t work for you? A priest spent a year assembling this Lego incarnation of the Vatican. Although, it looks different from the last time I visited the Vatican, it is interesting to see all the fine details of the Vatican in this model.


The official Pope merchandise was on offer outside the Basilica.


Knotted Grotto art installation next to the Basilica. Thousands upon thousands have written their struggles on white strips of fabric which were woven together. It is a testament to the enduring power of hope.






The struggle is real. Read up on the early history of the Catholic faith and you will find that for a brief time women were performing sacramental roles.



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  • rochester_veteran

    Interesting mix with the Splendors of the Vatican and KHAN!

    I was raised as a Catholic. I’m named after my mom’s two brothers who were priests. Catholic school education, K-12, altar boy, lay reader for the folk Mass. It was hoped that I would become a priest but I had my own plans! 😉 I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the RC church through the years though. At this point in my life, I no longer consider myself a Catholic, but still consider myself a Christian, although not aligned with any specific denomination. I prefer to remain independent and have a personal relationship with Jesus through my daily prayers, with family and friends included in my prayer intentions, including you, Tania. When I tell people I’ll pray for them, I mean it! 🙂

    • Tania

      I consider myself more agnostic than Catholic. What will be interesting is when the Pope lectures the U.S. on poverty while the gilded splendors of the Vatican are on display at the Franklin Institute.

      • rochester_veteran

        Agreed! Also, his contempt for Capitalism, that has brought more people out of poverty than any other economic system, contrasted with socialism/communism, the ideology that’s responsible for the murder of nearly 100 million during the course of the 20th Century. My inner BS meter has warned me to be very wary of Pope Francis! Pay particular attention when he addresses Congress and especially the UN.