Pope’s blessing, call for mercy impacts El Paso crowd

February 19, 2016 2:39 PM

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Pope’s blessing, call for mercy impacts El Paso crowd

While hundreds of thousands gathered for the papal mass Feb. 17 on the Juárez, Mexico, side of the border, roughly 550 of Francis' VIPs -- including immigrants, activists, students and religious -- awaited a blessing from the opposite side of the fence.

"Se ve, se siente – el papa está presente!" the crowd chanted ("It's seen, it's felt; the pope is present"), which eventually morphed into a collective scream as the pope arrived at the platform where he would have a moment of silent prayer and wave to the animated crowd about a football field away.

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