Pope visits the District


Crying mothers, screaming babies, and adamant pro-choice supporters were just some of the types of people seen at the Papal Parade on September 23. Pope Francis’s legendary visit brought thousands of people to the District to get their chance at seeing the Holy Father.

Despite concerns by many about increased traffic and Metro problems, DCPS remained in session for the entirety of the Pope’s visit. However, some students were still able to see the Papal Parade.

Sophomore Leo Canty, who saw the parade, characterized it as a “magical moment.”

Senior Bela Ortiz also attended the parade, making it her second time seeing the pope. “It was such a great experience. The crowd and the rush was totally worth seeing that beautiful and shining face,” said Ortiz.

While in DC, Pope Francis also spoke at the White House and led Mass at both St. Matthews’ Cathedral and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He addressed both of Houses of Congress on September 24, becoming the first pope to ever do so.

The Holy Father also canonized Junipero Serra, a Spanish missionary, while in DC. This marked the first canonization by Pope Francis on United States soil.

Pope Francis is considered the most progressive pope in recent history because of his unique views, many of which have not been seen in the Catholic Church before. The pope has vocally addressed the issues of climate change, inequality, and  immigration. As he travels around the country in the next few days, he will be sure to address many of these issues.