Texas parish thrilled to have pope as surprise guest at ABC town hall

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September 1, 2015

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 26. (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, EPA) See POPE-AUDIENCE-PRAYER Aug. 26, 2015.

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, EPA)

MCALLEN, Texas (CNS) — At Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, members of the community, most of them volunteers at a respite center for immigrants at Sacred Heart parish hall, were invited to a special event by ABC News, but were not informed in advance of just how special that event would be.

People started arriving at the church before 7 a.m., local time, Aug. 31. The event began at 9 a.m.

In Rome, where the local time was 4 p.m., appearing by satellite and speaking to the people in McAllen was Pope Francis by means of a “virtual town hall” arranged by ABC News.

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