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.

Watch Pope Francis' full 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
Pope Francis made his way through the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Festival of Families in Philadelphia.

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

The festival includes musical performances from Andrea Bocelli, Aretha Franklin and others.

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

Even after a long day, Pope Francis took the stage on Saturday night and gave his most passionate performance.

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

Pope Francis began his speech in suburban Philadelphia on Sunday morning with a condemnation of child sex abuse.

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

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.

Pope Francis delivers homily Sunday during Mass on the Parkway.