One year later: Remembering the pope's visit to Philadelphia

Monday, September 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- On the morning of September 26, 2015, a plane carrying Pope Francis touched down at Philadelphia International Airport, beginning a whirlwind weekend of events that brought thousands upon thousands of people to the City of Brotherly Love.

The pope's first event was a speech at Independence Hall.

Later that day, he took part in a parade on the Ben Franklin Parkway for the Festival of Families.

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Pope Francis waves from the pope mobile during the Papal Parade at the Festival of Families, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)
AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool

On the stage with the pope, Philadelphia teen singer Bobby Hill wowed the crowd:

Then, Pope Francis delivered a message about the special love only a family can provide.

On the morning of September 27, 2015, Pope Francis delivered a speech to seminarians at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

From there, the pope paid a visit to inmates at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.

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Pope Francis visits Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (Photo/David Maialetti)
Photo/David Maialetti

Finally, capping a historic weekend for the City of Brotherly Love, Pope Francis then said Mass for the crowds of faithful gathered around Eakins Oval.