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Welcoming Francis

There was intense excitement in New York in late September, at the combination of the Pope’s visit with the UN high-level summit this year. The city had a “lottery” for hundreds of tickets just to stand in Central Park and watch him go by; parishes in the Archdiocese had a similar “lottery” for parishioners to attend his Mass at a huge sports arena. Though all those tickets were free, some lucky but unethical winners sold their tickets illegally for thousands of dollars. Other city residents groaned about the number of streets that were closed for his visit and for the UN summit, over the course of two weeks. Some UNANIMA board members had a hard time getting around, or even getting into the city, because our Fall board meeting coincided with the Pope’s visit!  More news on the high level summit in next month’s Update…