Philadelphia’s papal weekend in photos

Pope Francis is gone, and Philadelphia has begun to sweep up the debris, but memories of the weekend will not be soon forgotten. Look back through these images to review some poignant moments from the papal visit.

Before he departed for Rome, the pontiff addressed several dignitaries at the airport, including Vice President Joe Biden and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. “My days with you have been brief,” Pope Francis said, “but they have been days of great grace for me and, I pray, for you too. Please know that as I prepare to leave, I do so with a heart full of gratitude and hope.” 

He asked the vice president to extend his gratitude and prayers to President Obama and Congress. “This land has been blessed with tremendous gifts and opportunities,” said the pope. “I pray that you may all be good and generous stewards of the human and material resources entrusted to you.

“May our days together bear fruit that will last, generosity and care for others that will endure!”

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