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2015 Papal Visit

2015 Papal Visit

Pope Francis' First U.S. Visit, Sept. 22-27

Pope Francis' Top 10 Social Media Moments of U.S. Tour



    Baby Dressed as Pope Gets Blessed by Francis

    Pope Francis blessed many babies during his U.S. tour but on the last day of his trip he blessed a baby dressed as the pope himself in Philadelphia. When he saw the dressed up baby, Francis seemed to laugh heartily. (Video credit: Dana Madden) (Published Monday, Sept. 28, 2015)

    Pope Francis dominated social media throughout the duration of his whirlwind United States tour. As Francis made stops in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia, he met with the homeless and world leaders, shared with seminarians and bishops that "God weeps" for victims of sexual abuse, visited prisoners and spoke from a lectern used by President Abraham Lincoln at Independence Hall. The pope's six-day schedule was nonstop. 

    Pilgrims lined the streets with smartphones and posted to social media about rainbow sightings in New York and Philadelphia. Those colorful bursts of light turned out to be sundogs.

    After several parades in his popemobile, Francis rounded the streets of Philadelphia in his biggest yet to conclude the 2015 World Meeting of Families. He celebrated an outdoor Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with nearly 1 million of the faithful.

    Here are the top 10 social media moments along the #PopeinUS journey:

    10. Pope Addresses World Leaders at the United Nations General Assembly

    Pope Francis spoke on the problems facing humanity, such as saving the environment and putting down nuclear weapons, to hundreds of world leaders during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly. "Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity," he said.

    9. Pope Kisses, Blesses Babies

    The pontiff was generous with his kisses along his parade routes. As Francis arrived at Independence Hall, two tiny babies were hoisted up in the air in front of his popemobile. He gave each a gentle kiss. Another top moment came when Francis noticed Dana and Daniel Madden’s baby daughter Quinn who was dressed in a pope outfit. He laughed then kissed her on the cheek.

    8. Pope Makes House Speaker John Boehner Cry in Congress

    Speaker Boehner Brought to Tears By PopeSpeaker Boehner Brought to Tears By Pope

    Pope Francis brought Speaker John Boehner and other lawmakers to tears when he spoke to Congress, a historic address, on Sept. 24, 2015.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015)

    7. Francis Meets Bo and Sunny at the White House

    Meeting President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House would not be complete without an introduction to presidential pooches Bo and Sunny. 

    Pope Francis meets the Obamas' dogs, Bo and Sunny, in the Blue Room of the White House on his visit Sept. 23, 2015.
    Photo credit: Pete Souza

    6. Girl Runs From Barrier, Delivers Love Letter to Pope

    A little girl makes her way through the crowd to reach the pope in Washington to deliver a T-shirt and a handmade card that said, "My friends and I love each other regardless of the color of our skin." 

    Little Girl Hugs Pope, Gives Him T-ShirtLittle Girl Hugs Pope, Gives Him T-Shirt

    Sofi Cruz gave Pope Francis a t-shirt and letter she wrote for him during his parade in Washington, D.C.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015)

    5. Stealing Selfies With His Holiness

    A young girl wearing braids beams as she steals a selfie moment with Pope Francis in Washington. 

    Enija Davidonyte posted the photo to Facebook with the following caption: "I feel absolutely blessed! I met with a Pope Francis today and actually got to take a picture and meet him."
    Photo credit: Left: AP, Right: Enija Davidonyte

    4. Francis Leaves Flower at 9/11 Memorial

    "Here, grief is palpable. This is a place where we cry," Francis said after placing a white rose at the 9/11 memorial. 

    Photo credit: AP

    3. Girl in Wheelchair Blessed by Pope: 'I Will Walk Again'

    Francis was welcomed with cheers and chants as he arrived at JFK Airport in New York City. He approached and blessed Brooklyn teen Julia Buzzese who is confined to a wheelchair.  "It means that he's going to give me a miracle, to walk again," Buzzese said, crying. "I know I will walk again because of him."

    NYC Girl in Wheelchair Blessed by Pope: I Will Walk AgainNYC Girl in Wheelchair Blessed by Pope: I Will Walk Again

    When Pope Francis disembarked at Kennedy Airport in New York City, Julia Buzzese only hoped she could catch a glimpse of him. After being blessed by Francis she said she believed the pope would "give me a miracle," and allow her to walk again.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015)

    2. #PopeFiat Mania

    After stopping to bless members in the crowd at his arrival at JFK Airport, the pope headed toward his ride -- a Fiat 500. Social media went into an uproar as the small vehicle was surrounded by an entourage of SUVs. The pope's arm emerged from the Fiat's passenger rear window to cheers. 

    Pope Francis waves from a Fiat 500.
    Photo credit: WRC

    1. Pope Celebrates Mass With Nearly 1 Million People in Philadelphia

    The finale of the 2015 World Meeting of Families was an outdoor Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. An estimated 860,000 people were in attendance as Francis called for tolerance and praised the "little gestures” of daily life that he said not only are tied to happiness but also holiness.

    Here are all the best moments from Francis' visits to D.C.New York and Philadelphia

    Top Photos From Pope Francis' U.S. VisitTop Photos From Pope Francis' U.S. Visit