September 26, 2015
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?