Pope Francis arrived in New York City yesterday afternoon, and Busted Halo was on hand to welcome the pontiff to the city we call home! We continued our pope week experience with a visit to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where Pope Francis led Vespers, otherwise known as evening prayer. Enjoy some of the behind-the-scenes photos of this beautiful event.
The newly-restored Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, set to welcome Pope Francis, against the clear blue sky. This marks the fifth time a pope has visited the cathedral.
The empty cathedral before guests arrive.
The Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Choir and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Orchestra filled the halls with song.
The cathedral begins to fill up as ticketed guests arrive. Men and women religious make up the majority of the audience.
Matt Lauer welcomes the faithful.
Pope Francis arrives and begins the prayer service. Large monitors posted on columns give guests a clear view of the pope.
Pope Francis begins his homily by offering prayers following the tragedy at Mecca. “I unite myself with you all in prayer to God, our father, all powerful and merciful.”
Pope Francis offered loving words directed to the many religious women in attendance. “In a special way I would like to express my esteem and gratitude to the religious women of the United States. What would the Church be without you? Women of strength, fighters, with that spirit of courage which puts you in the front lines in the proclamation of the Gospel. To you, religious women, sisters and mothers of this people, I wish to say “thank you”, a big thank you… and to tell you that I love you very much.