February 18, 2016
EL PASO, Texas (CNS) — By the time the action started at the Sun Bowl Stadium Feb. 17 for the simulcast of Pope Francis’ Mass from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, scarcely a few hundred people had arrived.
But by the time the sun was setting over the western stands, the crowd had peaked at more than 30,000 and settled down for the solemnity of the Mass. Later, many were heading home dancing or singing, or both.
The celebration, “Two Nations, One Faith” was an event hosted by Catholic Extension and jointly coordinated with the Diocese of El Paso. It was held simultaneously with the Mass celebrated by the pope at the Juarez fairgrounds.