Pope Francisco arrived Saturday to the city of Philadelphia last destination of his five-day visit to United States and which will culminate tomorrow night, at which time you will undertake the return to the Vatican.
by leading the Mass at the Cathedral St. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, the High Pontífise said to start the homily fully provided in Spanish: "the history of the Church in this city and in this state is really a story not just about building walls, but also knock them down. "
in this regard emphasized" the efforts of all those priests, religious and laity who, with dedication, for more than two centuries, have it attended to the spiritual needs of the poor, immigrants, the sick and the imprisoned. "
" this is a great legacy that you have received and are called to enrich and transmit "he added.
Elsewhere in his speech, the leader of the Catholic Church called a "challenge" to the young people to show their "high ideals and generosity of spirit" and in this context he said that "one of the great challenges of the Church at this time is to encourage all the faithful the sense of personal responsibility in the mission of the Church. "
" Our challenge today is to build on these solid foundations and foster a sense of cooperation and shared responsibility in planning the future of our parishes and institutions, "he said.
on the agenda for today Francisco also is scheduled to meet with the Hispanic community and other immigrants in the Independence Mall and participate in the called "Feast of families and prayer vigil" at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, in the heart of Philadelphia, where sing the artist Aretha Franklin.
the last day Francisco in the US
Tomorrow, the head of the Vatican State will lead a meeting with the invited bishops to the World meeting of Families, visit prisoners of Curran-Fromhold Correctional Institute give the Mass closing the VIII World Meeting of Families.
Finally, at 20 hours Argentina arrive at Philadelphia international airport to participate in the farewell ceremony and an hour from the airport of Ciampino in Rome, Italy.
this will close the tour of Cuba and the United States, where he was yesterday in the Assembly of the United Nations where he made a clarion call to protect the environment and made a multitudinous Mass Madison Square Garden, New York, where large cities urged to "listen to the excluded."