Treena Ferebee and the choir from Praise and Glory Tabernacle in Southwest Philadelphia so pumped up the audience at the opening ceremonies, Archbishop Charles Chaput broke through the crowd to embrace her.
Then, pilgrims who'd traveled from around the world surrounded Ferebee for photos.
Myriam Mwangi, 36, of Kenya, put her arm around the singer. The family life coordinator for the Archdiocese of Nairobi said the music during the ceremony had moved her to tears.
“Amazing,” she said.