Like many, I’ve been preoccupied this weekend with the comings and goings of Pope Francis; not because I’m a practicing Catholic, but because I’m fascinated with the media response.
Living in suburban Philadelphia, I used to count myself among those 1.2 million Catholics.
I lost my faith in the Church, capital C, many decades ago. But I found myself oddly and often tearfully drawn to the words of this successor to St. Peter.
While scrolling my way around the coverage on the local and national news, I came upon the Global Citizens concert event that was being held in Central Park, New York City, which had just hosted the Pope days before.
It was being covered by MSNBC, the only national news network to bypass the Pope on Saturday evening.
There she was, in all her glory, shaking her world-renowned booty to the tune of “Single Ladies”…Beyoncé.
I appreciate her popularity, and I’ve always liked the catchy tune, but it made me pause and reflect on what a diverse culture we have here in the U.S.
And then I turned back.
I saw the amazing Andrea Bocelli sing an operatic version of The Lord’s Prayer at the close of the Meeting of World Families.
He was on a grand stage at the base of the Philadelphia Art Museum, not far from the famous Rocky statue.
God bless America.