October 16, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — For weeks, Catholics had been streaming to the “Knotted Grotto,” a dome-shaped lattice-work frame outside the chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, tying white strips of paper offering prayers for healing of sick friends and relatives, world peace, protection of the environment, the elimination of poverty and more.
By the time the grotto closed with an interfaith blessing Oct. 7, 150,000 strips fluttered in the breeze.
After the solemnity and festivities of the Sept. 22-25 World Meeting of Families and the two-day visit to Philadelphia by Pope Francis, the exhibit, if not the hopes of the flock, was dismantled.