Think of that as the unpublished blog post found on the laptop of a long-retired New York advertising executive. Think of it as a call back to John Bellairs’s mediation on the subject of papal visits to the United States following the first one, fifty years ago this October (our comments about the last visit).
Pope Francis arrived in the United States Tuesday (arriving from Cuba no less), and kicked-off his first full day on American soil with a visit to the White House, followed by prayers at Saint Matthew's Cathedral, and then to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where he'll lead the first-ever canonization Mass on U.S. soil. The basilica is the largest Catholic church in the United States, opening in 1959 (no shades of Gorboduc's Cathedral here). After speaking to Congress tomorrow, it's off to New York for an address to the United Nations ("this sounds familiar," says the aging I. H. Samsonite, Jr.), followed by visits to the September 11th Memorial Museum, Harlem, and Central Park.
On Saturday he'll arrive in Philadelphia and - after speeches and services - will depart for Rome on Sunday evening.
Does this long-retired New York advertising executive have anything else to add?
Mass at night in blimp over Fairmount Park. Maybe we can them to blink the lights at the Comcast Center at the consecration.
Quoth John, "let us not be silly."