Everyone warms to Pope Francis because he is a warm and humble man. And it’s entirely in character for him to step aside form all the pomp of St Patricks Cathedral, the hugeness of a mass in Madison Square Garden and the high seriousness of addressing the United Nations and visit a simple Parish School in East Harlem. In a busy day filled with all the big events he’s coming right down to street level to meet some of his flock. And see in video 1 how joyously the local neighborhood around that school is preparing to welcome the Pontiff.
Our Lady Queen of Angels school has ben around for a long time, 120 years, and generations of proud New Yorkers who are often doing it hard but who value their families, their neighborhood and their Church have been welcomed and given the learning and support they need. The winds of change blow everywhere however and with the Church attached to the school now shuttered due to changes in how the Catholic Church operates in East Harlem, some who will greet the Pope, love him yet mourn the closing of their neighborhood Church. See video 2 about a weekly prayer group that prays for the church to re-open.
So the Pope is coming to a neighborhood that is rich in community, love, piety and colmmittment to learning but many of whose residents need state sponsored scholarships to support them in getting the education their kids require. And a local congregation who also mourn how changes in how people worship and the availability of priests has changed their lives in ways they find heard to accept. so it is very touching tha
We can only imagine how proud the third graders of Our Lady Queen of Angels are to be meeting the Pope and you can see and hear in video 1 how that extends to the whole surrounding neighborhood. If what we know of him is true and we’re sure it is, he’ll fit right in and be warm, friendly and caring of those who gather to look, cheer, touch and welcome him. New York City welcomes you Pope Francis and we know