Celebrities Join In Pope’s New York Mass
Pope Francis concluded his first visit to New York by holding a star-studded Mass at Madison Square Garden.
The two-hour event featured Jennifer Hudson singing “Hallelujah,” Harry Connick, Jr. performing “How Great Thou Art,” and Gloria Estefan serenading the crowd with “Mas Alla.” More than 18,000 worshipers packed into the venue for the event, called A Journey in Faith, which was hosted by actor Martin Sheen. Late Show presenter Stephen Colbert welcomed the audience, which included stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, to the religious ceremony via video link. A procession of 33 bishops and five cardinals lead Pope Francis on stage, and he told the crowd, “God is living in our cities.” After New York, the pontiff traveled to Philadelphia, where he gave a speech on immigration and religious freedom at Independence Hall to an estimated 100,000 attendees. Francis started the trip in Washington, D.C., where he addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time in the country’s history.