Pope brings Gospel of ‘encounter’ to Madison Square Garden

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September 26, 2016

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York Sept. 25, day four of his six-day visit to the United States. (CNS photo/Andrew Burton, pool) See POPE-NY-MASS Sept. 25, 2015.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York Sept. 25, day four of his six-day visit to the United States. (CNS photo/Andrew Burton, pool)

NEW YORK (CNS) — Seeing New York for the first time in his 78 years of life, Pope Francis said he knew Madison Square Garden was an important gathering place for sporting events and concerts. For him, it was transformed into a chapel in the heart of the Big Apple.

True peace in a big city comes from seeing the vast variety of people not as a bother, but as a brother or sister, Pope Francis said in his homily during the Mass Sept. 25 at “The Garden” where 20,000 people gathered to pray with him.

With tough security and long lines, people arrived hours early. They prayed and listened to inspirational music sung live by Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Hudson and Harry Connick Jr.

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