Memory and motion: Pope Francis shows Americans who he really is

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September 27, 2015

Pope Francis blesses family members who gave a testimony at the Festival of Families during the World Day of Families in Philadelphia Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-FAMILIES-FESTIVAL Sept. 26, 2015.

Pope Francis blesses family members who gave a testimony at the Festival of Families during the World Day of Families in Philadelphia Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Pope Francis speaks often about memory and motion, the importance of remembering where you came from and setting off without fear to share the Gospel.

That’s what he did in the United States. He circled the Statue of Liberty in a helicopter and flew over Ellis Island not preparing to condemn the world’s great superpower, but to reflect on its history and promise as a land that welcomes people, makes them part of the family and allows them to thrive.

Over the course of six days in the United States, Pope Francis let the U.S. public see who he really is with touching blessings, strong speeches, prayerful liturgies and an unplugged proclamation of the beauty of family life, even when it includes flying saucers.

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