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

February 19, 2016 2:39 PM

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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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