The pope is now approaching the altar of St. Patrick's Cathedral, after entering to thunderous applause and stopping for a moment to kneel in prayer. Priests and religious sisters were reaching out to him from the pews as he walked down the center aisle, trying to kiss his ring before he passed.
As soon as the pope delivers his homily, we will run the text here. It promises to be uplifting, even poetic.
-- Mary DeTurris Poust