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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