Excitement reigns among laity, religious before Philadelphia papal Mass

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September 26, 2015

Pope Francis exchanges zucchettos with a server before celebrating Mass with representatives of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PENN-BISHOPS Sept. 26, 2015.

Pope Francis exchanges zucchettos with a server before celebrating Mass with representatives of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — There is no single way for every person at a papal Mass, or even near one, to be excited. Whether on one’s feet or in one’s seat, people feel a certain tingle when they know the pope of the Roman Catholic Church is soon to be within their midst.

Such was the case for Julio Garcia, 24, and his friend, 23-year-old Isabel Sandoval, of Dallas. They came from Texas to be outside the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul before Pope Francis’ Mass Sept. 26.

How much before? “We got here at 3:30” in the morning, seven hours before the scheduled start of the Mass, Garcia said. They were among the luckier ones; others slept outside, across the street from the basilica. And just why, exactly?

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