On one of the later trains headed downtown out of Paoli, two all-American families – each with four kids – formed a kind of a mirror image, both deeply spiritual and inspired by Pope Francis.
Matt Coyne, who is studying to be a deacon, has tickets for the event with Pope Francis on Sunday at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. His wife Lisa Coyne said that, initially, "I didn't want to deal with the crowds." It was her 8-year-old daughter who convinced her to take the whole family downtown today. That includes three other children: Kiernan, 6. Arianna, 11, and Caelan, 15.
"He's an inspiration," Lisa Coyne said of Francis. “The most important thing about him is that he lives his humility and what it means to be a Catholic and Christian."
Nearby, another family of six had come here from Canton, Mich.: Chinh Pham, 46, her husband Chuck, 48, an engineer at Ford Motor Co., and children Kyle 17, Megan, 15, John, 4, and Emma Grace, 1.
The Phams from Michigan scored tickets to Sunday Mass."I prayed about it and said it was meant to be," said mom Chinh pic.twitter.com/QA6GKXPt1x
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Chinh Pham said the kids at first weren’t excited about coming until they were able to get tickets for tomorrow's Mass on the Parkway. "I want to pass on my faith to my family," she said. "The pope is very important to me. He’s the head of the church. I want them to honor and respect him."