People of different languages, cultures and countries brimmed from street corners throughout Center City, culminating in the final Mass featuring tens of thousands on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that Sunday, led by the charismatic pontiff.
But beyond the pope, Team PCHR engaged with a cross-section of humanity, as ambassadors, aides and observers of one of the largest events the city – indeed, the nation – has seen.
PCHR members were among those mingling with the crowds, taking the temperature of residents and visitors alike. Some, such as Commissioner Sarah Ricks, blogged about it. Others, such as Deputy Director Randy Duque, were working as volunteers on behalf of the city, in the heart of it all. Others still, such as Commissioner Marshall E. Freeman took the opportunity to wade through the crowds and make connections.
For more evidence, watch this great clip of the commissioner in action, speaking with a group of nuns after Pope Francis addressed the world from Independence Mall.
Philadelphia definitely was transformed by the moment, and PCHR intends to keep that renewed spirit of peaceful brotherhood and sisterhood going, in the weeks, months and years to come.
“It didn’t matter your faith or persuasion,” said Executive Director Rue Landau. “This was a great event for the city, bringing us together in front of the world. We got a chance to show who we really are and can be.”