Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pope's Visit: Philadelphia has its Jumbotron moment

Pope Benedict XVI starts the second full day of visit to the United States with a mass at Nationals' Park baseball stadium in Washington, D.C.. It starts at 10 a.m., but the stadium is already filling up.

Pope's Visit: Philadelphia has its Jumbotron moment

0 comments
Blog Image
Catholic clergy walk on the field. (AP photo by Susan Walsh)

Pope Benedict XVI starts the second full day of visit to the United States with a mass at Nationals' Park baseball stadium in Washington, D.C.. It starts at 10 a.m., but the stadium is already filling up.

The outfield is home to a to very large white and gold superstructure over the moden altar where Benedict will celebrate the mass, and behind the altar there's a large and very traditional wooden crucifix. The structure appears to offer some protection against rain, but that won't be necessary today: There's not a cloud in sight - just security helicopters whirling over the stadium.

The crowd, which is expected to fill all the 47,000 available seats, is being treated to the music of live choirs interspersed with videos generated by various dioceses and archdioceses greeting Benedict. The Philadelphia Archdiocese's video flashed on the Jumbotron about 20 minutes ago: It features lots of cute kids standing in front of Philadelphia landmarks, but we can't hear it in the glass-enclosed press gallery.

I wonder if the Washington Nationals will keep the white picket fence and shrubs planted around the baselines. Might get in the way of an infield double.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Breaking News Breaking News
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter