PHILADELPHIA (WHTM) – Pope Francis says happiness and holiness come from the small gestures of love we make in everyday life.
The pope said gestures of tenderness, love and compassion are signs of God’s living presence, and he called on his listeners to be open to the miracles of love for the good of all families of the world.
His remarks came during the homily of a Mass he celebrated Sunday at the World Meeting of Families, the final public event of his 6-day, 3-city visit to the United States.
The crowd on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was expected to reach more than a million people. Many waited several hours to get through security checkpoints, and some reported they were not able to get through the long lines.
Francis traveled to the event in his white Jeep Wrangler popemobile, waving to hundreds of thousands who lined the roadway to see him. He occasionally stopped to give babies a kiss on the forehead.
The pope attended two events that were closed to the public earlier in the day.
In a speech to 300 bishops and others at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Francis addressed clergy sex abuse and its victims. He told the bishops that “God weeps” because people who were in charge of the care of children violated them and caused them serious harm.
In a second event closed to the public, Francis met with select inmates and their families at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.