After saying Mass in Madison Square Garden on Friday night for 20,000 people, Pope Francis was ready for his final leg of his U.S. tour and headed to Philadelphia on Saturday morning.
Saturday was the centerpiece of his trip, with the Festival of Families, and a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul.
On Friday night, a Connecticut couple had a special seat right near the Holy Father because they belong to the 900-year-old “Order of Malta.”
Susan and Robert Staab, of Old Lyme, are members of the Order of Malta, which is the oldest Catholic lay religious order in the world that has been helping the Vatican and the Pope’s mission.
The Staabs were invited to be near Pope Francis during Friday’s Mass.
Along with 20,000 other ticket holding guests, Pope Francis sat on a chair that was built by dayworker immigrants in Greenwich.
“A group that prides itself on helping the disadvantaged the needy, the homeless,” said Susan Staab.
That was the message Pope Francis delivered to the United Nations and reflected at the 9/11 memorial.
"What he's focused on are the needs and he has reemphasized where we should be going as a church,” said Robert Staab.
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